by Phillip Manning ~ December 23rd, 2013
Just after 8:00 am on Monday, Alaska State Troopers and Emergency Services received a call of a vehicle collision near Mile 11 of the Talkeetna Spur Road. According to Trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen, the male driver of a passenger car was traveling southbound on the Spur when he lost control of the vehicle and crossed into the northbound lane, sliding sideways. A Sunshine Transit van was traveling northbound and struck the vehicle. The driver of the passenger car and four dogs were killed in the collision. Dennis Brodigan, Director of Emergency Services for the Mat-Su Borough says that the driver was 35 years of age. The driver of the Sunshine Transit van is unhurt, according to Troopers, and was carrying no passengers.
David Bryant, Executive Director of the Sunshine Community Health Center, confirmed the incident, and says that Transit services will continue, but adjustments will be made. He also says that the Clinic staff’s thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased driver.
The Alaska State Troopers were not able to release the name of the driver of the passenger vehicle, as next of kin had not yet been notified. This is a developing story, and updates will be provided as KTNA receives them.