Driver ID'd in fatal head-on Seward Highway crash
Anchorage Police have identified the driver who was killed in a head-on collision early Saturday morning on the Seward Highway.
Jesse Zaugg, 34, was the driver who was killed in the crash near Mile 101, according to a statement from APD. Two others were seriously injured.
Police responded at about 12:25 a.m. to the Mile 101 collision near Bird Creek, according to a statement late Saturday morning. The vehicles involved, a Volvo station wagon and a Chrysler 200 sedan, were headed southbound and northbound respectively when “the Volvo came into oncoming traffic in the path of the Chrysler and hit the vehicle head-on.”
“The driver of the Volvo, an adult male, was declared deceased at the scene,” police wrote. “The driver and the passenger of the second vehicle, both adults, were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. All parties involved were wearing their seat belts.”
Next of the kin for the driver has been notified, according to police. No determination has yet been made regarding potential factors involved in the collision.
APD spokeswoman Kendra Doshier said in an email that the Volvo's driver was its sole occupant. The people in the Chrysler suffered serious injuries, but were able to speak with responders.
"The occupants of the Chrysler (driver and passenger) did indicate that they saw headlights coming into their lane and they were unable to avoid a head-on collision with the Volvo," Doshier wrote.
Police closed the Seward for about two hours before temporarily rerouting intermittent traffic past the crash along the highway’s shoulder, according to initial APD statements. The department’s Major Collision Investigation Unit examined the scene, which was cleared and fully reopened by 6:30 a.m.
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