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Skagway mayor hit, killed by bus in Washington, D.C.

 Skagway, Alaska (KTUU)
Skagway, Alaska (KTUU) (KTUU)
Published: Dec. 20, 2018 at 9:26 AM AKST
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An Alaska mayor and her mother were hit and killed by a tour bus Wednesday night in the nation’s capitol.

Monica Adams Carlson, 61, of Skagway, and her mother, Cora Louise Adams, 85, of Elbe Washington, were struck by the bus while walking near the National Archives Building in downtown Washington, D.C.

Carlson is listed as the mayor of the City of Skagway on the city’s website.

The crash happened just before 10 p.m. at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, police said. The two women were taken to the hospital but died from their injuries.

The company, Eyre Bus, Tour & Travel, issued a statement on the crash:

"Eyre Bus, Tour & Travel wishes to express our sorrow and sympathy to the families impacted by this accident. We are cooperating fully with authorities in the investigation of this incident. Eyre places the safe transportation of our customers as well as those we share the road with as our number one priority," a release sent through the American Bus Association said.

NBC reports that the crash is still under investigation.

The Municipality of Skagway issued a statement Thursday afternoon:

"The staff and borough assembly of the Municipality of Skagway are extremely saddened to have learned that Mayor Monica Carlson and her mother were involved in a tragic accident in Washington D.C. last night and did not recover from their injuries. The Municipality does not have any further details at this time. We ask that the family’s privacy is respected through this grieving process. This is a devastating loss to Monica’s family, friends, and community"

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and FIrst Lady Rose Dunleavy gave their condolences.

“Rose and I join the community of Skagway in mourning the tragic and unexpected deaths of Mayor Carlson and her mother Cora,” Dunleavy said in a statement. “Mayor Carlson was by all accounts a devoted public servant and proud of her community. Skagway’s loss is Alaska’s loss.”

Gov. Dunleavy directed state flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Mayor Carlson on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. U.S., and therefore state, flags are at half-staff through Dec. 30 in honor of George H.W. Bush and in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

NBC News and Channel 2 staff contributed to this report.