Updated on Wednesday, Dec. 2


ANCHORAGE – A two-vehicle crash at Mile 49.5 of the Parks Highway in the Wasilla area has claimed the lives of three people, officials say.


An investigation found 25-year-old Sara Johnston was driving a 1996 Lincoln Town Car north on the highway Tuesday evening when the car veered into the southbound lane. A 1995 GMC Safari van — driven by 33-year-old Jacob Still — was southbound on the Parks Highway at the time and struck the Lincoln, according to an online dispatch from Alaska State Troopers.


The van then burst into flames, troopers wrote. Johnston and two passengers in the GMC died in the collision. Next of kin have been notified. Still’s status was not immediately available.


The crash was reported at 9:06 p.m., according to AST spokeswoman Megan Peters. Troopers say it’s believed Johnston was not wearing a seat belt.


The West Lakes Fire Department said the collision closed down the highway near the scene of the crash. Peters said the road would reopen once the vehicle fire was out and traffic could be safely rerouted around the crash scene.


Eleven fire and medical units were dispatched to the scene, according to West Lakes Fire Department personnel. As of 10 p.m., fire crews had put out the fire.


This is a developing story, please check back for updates.