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Collision hospitalizes two in Mat-Su Valley

By Kirsten Swann 10:31 AM December 19, 2013

Kyra Swinehart, a 22-year-old Palmer resident, was medevaced to to a local hospital in critical condition.

ANCHORAGE – A head-on collision on the Palmer Wasilla Highway sent two women to area hospitals Wednesday morning.

Alaska State Troopers said they received word of the crash just before 11 a.m., and responded to the scene near Cottonwood Creek Bridge shortly thereafter. According to trooper dispatch, 23-year-old Palmer resident Nicole Tanurdzic was driving eastbound when she lost control of her vehicle, a 2004 Ford Ranger.

The truck slid into the oncoming lane, where it was struck by a 2007 Chevy Impala driven by 22-year-old Palmer resident Kyra Swinehart. Troopers said Swinehart was extricated from the wreckage by emergency responders, and medevaced to Providence Hospital in critical condition.

Tanurdzic was taken to Mat-Su Regional Hospital, troopers said. There were no passengers involved in the collision, and troopers said both women were wearing seatbelts.

The collision closed the road until about 3 p.m., state transportation officials said.

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