UPDATE: Fort Wainwright soldier dies in fatal Parks Highway collision south of Cantwell
One person died in a head on collision near mile 161 of the Parks Highway Friday afternoon according to Alaska State Troopers.
Fairbanks-based Troopers received a report of the collision just after 3:30 p.m. Friday.
A preliminary investigation found that a Ford F-350 driving northbound was rounding a curve when it was struck by a Nissan Rogue traveling in the southbound lane.
AST says the driver of the F-350 attempted evasive action but was unable to avoid the collision.
The driver of the Nissan Rogue died of injuries at the scene.
Two passengers in the Nissan Rogue were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries.
No one in the F-350 reported any injuries.
AST says weather in the area at the time was blowing, heavy snow contributing to reduced visibility and icy roads.
The deceased driver of the Nissan Rogue has been identified by Troopers as 21-year-old Cameron Logwood of Fort Wainwright. His family has been notified.
A Facebook post by the official Fort Wainwright account Saturday says Spc. Logwood, a member of the Fort Wainright men's basketball team, assigned to the 1-25th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, was traveling to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson for a set of basketball games when the collision happened.
The two passengers in the vehicle with Logwood were traveling with him to the basketball games. One of them remains hospitalized.
The teams assistant coach, Capt. David Gill, said in the post that the Fort Wainwright team decided to play in honor of Logwood, who wore jersey number 33.
"It was a whole team decision -- we asked everyone whether they wanted to, and every single one said yes," Gill said.