Seward Highway reopens after collision near Portage
The Seward Highway was closed for roughly three hours Wednesday afternoon by an injury collision near the Portage area, according to state officials.
A 511.alaska.gov road conditions alert said the Seward was “blocked” by the wreck from Mile 74 to Mile 76 as of 1 p.m.
According to Alaska State Troopers, 67-year-old Randahl Sadler of Kenai was driving southbound near mile 74 when he lost control on the ice. That was when his truck fishtailed into oncoming traffic; hit the guard rail and then collided with another car driven by 22-year-old Todd McCabe of Anchorage.
Troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain said at 2:30 p.m. that nobody was killed in the collision.
"There were injuries, and anyone with injuries has been transported from the scene," DeSpain said.
Sadler was given a ticket for not taking the right precautions to avoid a collision. His passenger was also given a ticket for not wearing a seat belt.
In photos taken by KTVA viewer Jason Kless, several vehicles were seen obstructing the highway at the crash site. A LifeMed air ambulance was seen landing at the scene.
The Seward had reopened to traffic by 4:15 p.m., DeSpain said.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.