Boy, 11, killed in Parks Highway crash
An 11-year-old boy died in a crash that closed the Parks Highway near Houston for hours Wednesday afternoon, Alaska State Troopers said.
Troopers identified the deceased as Palmer resident Noah Meyer in an online dispatch Thursday.
Ken Barkley, the Mat-Su Borough’s deputy chief of emergency services, said the collision at Mile 53 of the Parks was reported just after 3:40 p.m. Wednesday.
Troopers say 20-year-old Kole Denevan of Wasilla was driving northbound in a 2016 white Dodge pick-up truck when he and his adult passengers crossed over into the southbound lane. Denevan tried to correct but ended up crashing into 57-year-old Mark Meyer's 2016 gray Nissan Rogue with three juvenile passengers inside.
Noah Meyer was ejected from the Rogue and died from his injuries. His body was sent to the state medical examiner's office in Anchorage for an autopsy,
Multiple people were taken to a local hospital with what appears to be non-life threatening injuries, according to troopers.
Troopers spokesperson Megan Peters said that the wreck occurred "where there is a curve in the road." The collision remained under investigation Thursday, with no charges filed in connection with it.
One lane of the Parks reopened to alternating traffic just before 9 p.m., Peters said, and the highway fully reopened about half an hour later.
Editor's note: The spelling of Kole Denevan's last name has been corrected from a version contained in an earlier trooper dispatch.
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