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.