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Police, medics respond to fatal crash

By KTVA CBS 11 News 8:21 PM March 18, 2014

State transportation officials say the Seward Highway near Potter Marsh reopened to traffic early Wednesday morning.

Update: Anchorage police have identified the woman killed in Tuesday’s fatal crash as 29-year-old Whittier resident Salafai Carol Iosefa, a volunteer firefighter for the Whittier Fire Department.

ANCHORAGE – One person is dead following a collision between a semi and a sedan Tuesday evening, authorities said.

Around 7:15 p.m., police were alerted to the crash on the Seward Highway near Potter Marsh, according to a statement from police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro. The vehicles were heading in opposite directions before the collision, police said.

Police and medics responded and one person, a female, was pronounced dead at the scene, Castro said. Her identity will not be released until her next-of-kin have been notified.

Police had closed down the Seward Highway in both directions as of about 8 p.m.

In an 8:45 p.m. update, Castro said drivers could access the highway to and from Anchorage by using Rabbit Creek Road, the Old Seward Highway and Potter Valley Road.  The Seward Highway is only closed near Potter Marsh, she said.

The Anchorage Police Department Traffic Unit and state Department of Transportation are investigating the crash.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article said the crash occurred Monday. It has since been corrected.

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