Troopers say crash into Matanuska River is fatal

A driver traveling along the Glenn Highway exited the roadway and fell Matanuska River below, closing the Glenn Highway Friday evening.
Published: Jul. 29, 2022 at 5:24 PM AKDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2022 at 9:47 PM AKDT
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PALMER, Alaska (KTUU) - A driver traveling along the Glenn Highway exited the roadway and fell into the Matanuska River below, closing the Glenn Highway Friday evening.

The Alaska State Troopers released an online dispatch just before 10 p.m. Friday night that classified the accident as fatal. Troopers reported that both northbound and southbound lanes of the Glenn Highway have been reopened.

“Numerous witnesses reported the vehicle, believed to be a Toyota Tacoma, and was believed to be occupied by three individuals when it went underwater,” troopers wrote. “Mat-Su Dive and Rescue attempted numerous methods of recovery but have been unable to safely reach the vehicle.”

Troopers wrote that the river is moving too swiftly and visibility in the water is too low for dive teams to maintain safety while in the water. Troopers wrote that recovery efforts were suspended at 8:28 p.m. and will resume again when the tide lowers.

“Investigation on scene has shown that the vehicle left the side of the roadway and traveled down the embankment and ultimately into the water, missing the cement barriers, cable barriers and steel barriers for the Bridge,” troopers wrote. “Efforts to identify the individuals in the vehicle is ongoing.”

On Thursday, a woman died in a crash in Anchorage that closed lanes of the Glenn Highway for hours, making Friday’s fatal accident the second in as many days to close the Glenn Highway.

All lanes have since reopened.

“There was a vehicle that had gone off the bridge into the water, the only vehicle involved,” Alaska State Trooper Spokesperson Tim DeSpain said.

This story has been updated with additional information.

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