Fatal crash closes Seward Highway for several hours

A fatal crash shut down the Seward Highway in Turnagain Pass late Monday night, according to officials with the Girdwood and Anchorage fire departments.
Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 4:50 AM AKDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2022 at 10:12 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A fatal crash shut down the Seward Highway in Turnagain Pass for hours late Monday night, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Several units responded shortly after 10 p.m. to mile 67 of the Seward Highway, according to Girdwood Fire Department, for a crash involving a car and a motorhome.

According to troopers, the collision left 46-year-old Jeffrey Andrews dead when the sedan he was riding in crossed the middle traffic line and hit the motorhome at a high rate of speed. Troopers said three others were injured and taken to an Anchorage hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The highway was partially closed for about 10 hours, troopers said, and was fully reopened at around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Troopers said no citations have been issued yet.

Girdwood Fire Chief Michelle Weston added that standing water on the highway is creating dangerous driving conditions, and commuters should plan for extra time around rock mitigation work between Indian and McHugh.

“Please note this area is in a cell service deadzone so communication from friends and family traveling tonight (may be) delayed if they are stuck in the traffic closure line,” the Facebook post stated.

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