Richardson Highway wreck kills North Pole man
A North Pole man died near the Interior Alaska town early Thursday in a single-vehicle crash on the Richardson Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.
Word of the wreck that killed 31-year-old Patrick Smith, at Mile 342 of the highway, first reached troopers at about 3:30 a.m. according to an online dispatch.
“It was reported that (Smith) was ejected from the vehicle,” troopers wrote. “(Troopers and medics) arrived on scene, where medics performed CPR.”
Troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain said Smith was the sole occupant of a 2001 Dodge truck, headed north on the highway, when “it left the roadway and overturned in a ditch.”
Smith was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said. His next of kin have been notified, and the crash remains under investigation.