Troopers release additional information on fatal Seward Highway accident

A state of Alaska DOT worker, 60 year old Robert Hammel from Girdwood, was killed Satuday afternoon  at approximately 2:30 PM at mile 87.7 of the Seward Highway, just south of  the Alyeska turnoff after stopping to help with an earlier accident.

According to trooper’s spokesperson Megan Peters, the fatal chain of events started at 1:30 P.M. Saturday when a Ford Explorer, headed south, smashed into a guardrail at mile 87.7.  Hammel had stopped to assist the driver of the damaged Explorer.  As Hammel was placing warning cones on the highway, a Dodge Caravan, driven by 86 year old Seward Resident John Sadusky, lost control and slammed into Hammel, his vehicle and the Explorer, Peters reported.    In the initial call to 911, it was reported that Hammel was deceased.


John Sadusky and his wife Nancy Sadusky, were rushed to an Anchorage hospital.  The extent of their injuries was unknown.

Traffic was backed up while troopers investigated the circumstances of the fatal accident and cleared the highway.  Peters reported that the highway was re-opened shortly after 8 PM Saturday evening.



  1. I just received news that both Jack and Nancy are OK! Shaken and bruised, but out of the hospital and resting at their son’s home.

  2. How tragic. I know it’s hard for many elderly people to think about giving up some of their independence, but accidents like this are a reminder that many people reach an age where they are simply too old to drive.

    • The Explorer had hit the guard rail for a reason…likely the same conditions that caused the Sadusky’s to lose control. Glad to hear they are recuperating.

  3. Jumping to conclusion is just as dangerous as bad driving! That area already had an accident, that’s why the Rob had stopped. It is possible the accident was due to road conditions and not driver error.

    • great comment Alicia for not jumping to conclusions. The Sadusky’s are some of the safest drivers on the planet. It probably could have happened to any of us.

    • jumping to conclusions doesn’t kill an innocent man whose life was stolen while he was serving others. reckless and negligent driving does.

      even if the road was icy, hundreds of vehicles safely navigated the seward highway that day. the few that crashed were going too fast for the conditions. that’s why they slid. it’s called physics.

      too bad Rob couldn’t have the long life that jack and nancy are blessed with. his remains are resting at his 24 year old son’s home.

  4. At some point we need to start requiring medical checks for drivers licenses. It naturally occurs while aging that reaction times are slowed, and at some point Elderly drivers need to drive no more. Robert was at work, and obviously killed by a motorist driving too fast and/or not paying enough attention.

    A sad day for Roberts Family and Friends.

    • Steve, Please share with us where/how you found this “obvious” information. All the information indicates that this was an unfortunate, tragic accident. Unless you were there and witnessed the accident, you should keep your speculation to yourself.

  5. Rob was a wonderful person always helping others. We worked together on the girdwood fire dept and at alyeska ski patrol.he was a great guy.