Troopers name 4 dead in Parks Highway crash
Alaska State Troopers have named the four people dead, including a 5-year-old girl, in Monday’s collision on the Parks Highway that shattered two families and closed the highway for hours.
The dead, according to an online dispatch Monday night, include 40-year-old Cary Taylor-Bloomquist of Palmer and her 5-year-old daughter Adeline “Addy” Bloomquist, as well as Jeffrey and Charlene Esley of Fairbanks, ages 63 and 60.
Another Fairbanks couple, 62-year-old David and 50-year-old Heidi Fulton as well as two of Heidi Fulton’s children, were injured in the four-vehicle crash involving two motorcycles.
According to an online dispatch, troopers responded at about 4:30 p.m. to the crash at mile 156.5 Parks Highway, about 20 miles north of a Denali State Park entrance.
According to AST, Taylor-Bloomquist was heading south on the Parks Highway in a 2018 Subaru Outback, with Bloomquist in a car seat in the back seat. David Fulton was riding one motorcycle north, with Jeffrey Esley driving another motorcycle carrying Charlene Esley as a passenger.
“Taylor-Bloomquist crossed the center line and collided with two motorcycles in the northbound lane,” troopers wrote. “After the Subaru collided with Fulton it collided into (the) Esleys’ motorcycle.”
Just after the Outback struck the motorcycles, it then struck a GMC Sierra PK pickup truck driven by Heidi Fulton with her children – ages 10 and 3 – as passengers.
The Esleys and Taylor-Bloomquist died at the scene, troopers said. Bloomquist was flown to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, but died of her injuries.
David Fulton was critically injured and flown to a Fairbanks hospital. Heidi Fulton wasn’t seriously injured, but her children were taken to a Wasilla hospital by ground ambulance.
“The extent of their injuries is unknown but not believed to be life threatening,” troopers wrote.
All parties’ next of kin have been notified, troopers said.
The collision initially closed the Parks, but by Monday night one lane was reopened to traffic as troopers continued to investigate.
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