The Seward Highway, approximately 1 mile north of the Wye, was closed for approximately 2 hours Sunday afternoon after a single vehicle accident. It was re-opened at approximately 3:35 PM.
A car driven by an elderly couple struck the guard rail head on. Visibility was clear and the roads were good. A Life Flight helicopter was on scene for approximately 45 minutes before flying out for the first time. A second helicopter arrived about 20 minutes after the first had departed. No word on the extent of the injuries or if there were any fatalities.
UPDATE: Alaska State Troopers report that the vehicle involved was a Ford F150 Pick up. They have also reported that the female passanger died as a result of her injuries.
AST Public Safety Log date 11/12/2012:
Location: Moose Pass Case number: AK12249060 Type: MVC-F Text: On 11-11-12, at approximately 1329 hours, Soldotna Public Safety Comm unications Center received a 911 call reporting a 2004 Beige Ford F150 drove off the road and down in embankment near mile 39 of the Seward Highway. Troopers from Girdwood, Cooper Landing and Girdwood BHP responded to the scene along with Fire and EMS resources from Moose Pass and LifeMed Helicopter s. An initial investigation has revealed that Charles Gillick, age 78 of Soldotna was traveling southbound, drifted off the road, and struck an embankment. A passenger in the vehicle, Mary Gillick, age 76 of Soldotna, was pronounced deceased while en route to a local area hospital. Charles Gillick was also transported to a local area hospital for potential life threatening injuries. The vehicle sustained extensive front end damage. AST investigation is ongoing. The Seward Highway was closed for approximately 1 hour during the initial emergency response.