Coach dies in bowling alley accident

February 20, 2009 6:26:12 PM PST
Students and teachers at Spokane Community College are coming to grips with the tragic death of their cross country and track coach. Erik Anderson was killed in a freak accident Friday morning ,just before noon.

It happened while Anderson was teaching a bowling class.

In the middle of a frame, the pins got stuck.

He went behind the lane to unjam the pins.

He was killed almost instantly.

"He was the most positive, dynamic person," friend Curt Kinghorn said.

"He is the best cross country coach I have ever seen," S.C.C. President Joe Dunlap said.

The machine became unjammed, but Anderson got caught up in it and was killed almost instantly.

"I feel bad I wasn't there to unstick the pins," colleague Steve LeBlanc said.

LeBlanc works at S.C.C. and he had fixed the same lane several times before.

"His family right now...Just his family, you know. I don't know what he said to his kids before he left for school. I just can't imagine getting killed at a college on a bowling alley...just blows my mind," LeBlanc said.

It's been less than twenty four hours since Britnee Sanchez last saw her coach.

"I still don't believe it; it just seems like a bad dream and I'm going to wake up tomorrow and it will be okay," Sanchez said.

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