Troopers investigating taxi hit and run

Heidi Zemach for SCN –


Cab in ditch. Heidi Zemach photo.

Cab in ditch. Heidi Zemach photo.

Alaska State Troopers are investigating the hit and run accident that occurred early last Friday at the intersection of Nash Road and Salmon Creek Road in Seward. Taxi driver Jack Walganski, 54, also known as “Mad Jack” and “Quacker Jack” was driving his white 2000 Chrysler Voyager cab east on Nash Road when he was T-boned by someone driving a dark green 2001 Mazda Miata, who ran a stop sign south on Salmon Creek Road and ran into him shortly after midnight on Sunday, July 27th. The taxi plunged head first into the steep ditch off Salmon Creek Road, and Walganski was taken to Providence Seward Medical & Care Center with minor injuries. The other car plunged into the ditch at the opposite side of Salmon Creek Road, and that driver fled. No other injuries were reported and no suspect has been apprehended, troopers said.


Anyone with information about the crash can call Alaska State Troopers in Seward at 288-3346.

Mad Jack and his taxi are a well-known, interesting sight in Seward. The taxi’s body, including its front and rear, was entirely covered with gold-painted ducks, with ducks head in the front, and tail in the rear, and he had a horn that made a loud duck sound. Many of the gold ducks were missing after the accident, but troopers don’t believe any were stolen.


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