UPDATE: Black ice may have been the cause of multi-vehicle wreck on Seward Highway
Updated 11:50 a.m. Jan. 10
Alaska State Troopers have released new details of the crash that closed the Seward Highway for a few hours Friday.
The initial crash occurred as 29-year-old Steven Cobbs, driving northbound in a 1995 Freightliner semi-tractor and trailer, lost control when his vehicle struck black ice, according to an online trooper dispatch. His semi “slid sideways into oncoming traffic” and hit a 2015 GMC Terrain being driven by 27-year-old Carolynn Sanders.
Shortly after that, another semi truck — being driven by 29-year-old Frederic Austin V — rounded the same curve where Cobbs struck black ice and saw the crash scene.
“He attempted to stop on the ice for the blocked road, slid sideways, then hit the rear of the first semi that was stuck perpendicular in the roadway,” troopers wrote. “Both semi tractors blocked the roadway for approximately three hours.”
All three drivers were wearing their seatbelts and were not injured during the crash.
Damages to each semi was estimated to be about $5,000, and the Chevrolet Terrain was considered totaled, according to troopers.
Cobbs was cited for “basic speed,” or not driving in a manner befitting the weather conditions.
Updated 9 a.m. Jan. 9
The Seward Highway has since reopened, police say.
All lanes reopened shortly after 11 p.m., once the crash site was cleared.
The Seward Highway is closed to traffic traveling in both directions while authorities work to clear a multi-vehicle wreck that injured at least one person.
The collision occurred near Mile 108, near McHugh Creek, and involved two semi-trucks and other vehicles, according to Anchorage police. Alaska State Troopers have also responded to assist.
Some of those involved were injured, according to police, who added that none of the injuries “sound life-threatening.”
“We do not have a time estimate yet on when the highway will reopen,” police said in a statement. “Freezing rain on the highway has made for poor driving conditions.”
This is a developing story, please check back for updates.
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