One man was killed and another sustained serious injuries following a head-on collision near North Pole on the Old Richardson Highway Tuesday morning, authorities said.
Around 7:15 a.m., Alaska State Troopers were contacted about a two-vehicle crash between a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban and a 2008 Ford F350 on the highway near Sky Ranch Road at Mile 12, according to AST dispatch.
According to troopers, Eddie Ahyakak, 37, of Fairbanks was driving the truck westbound when he crossed the centerline and hit the Suburban. The Chevy became engulfed in flames.
Ahyakak was transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Suburban was tentatively identified as Ernest Ford, 59, of North Pole, AST dispatch said. Their next-of-kin have been notified.
The Alaska Bureau of of Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash. State Department of Transportation personnel were in the area when the collision happened and assisted with traffic control during the emergency response and the on-scene investigation. Traffic was impacted for about five hours, said AST spokeswoman Megan Peters.