Alaska State Troopers said two people died in a two-vehicle collision on the Seward Highway near the Hope junction Saturday morning, after one vehicle apparently slid on ice.

Troopers named the deceased Saturday afternoon as Seward resident Presence Bissonette, 37, and 42-year-old Kaying Lee of Anchorage. Bissonette had been driving a Toyota RAV4 sport-utility vehicle north near Mile 53.8 of the highway.

“Neng Thao, age 47 of Anchorage, was driving south on the highway in a 1990 Toyota Tacoma,” troopers wrote. “Thao lost control of his vehicle on icy roads, crossed the center line, and struck the RAV4 head-on.”

Troopers were informed of the wreck at about 7:15 a.m. Bissonette and Lee, who was a passenger in Thao's Tacoma, died at the scene; Thao and two of his other passengers were taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Providence spokesman Mikal Canfield said Thao was in critical condition Saturday afternoon.

The highway was closed until about 11:10 a.m., with traffic fully reopened by 12:30 p.m.