Taxi driver killed in fiery early-morning crash
A two-vehicle collision on the Old Seward Highway early Sunday morning left one person dead and two others hurt, according to Anchorage police.
Officers responded to the wreck, at Old Seward’s intersection with 79th Avenue several blocks north of Dimond Boulevard, just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday according to a police statement.
“Initial indications are that a red Mitsubishi Mirage was heading southbound on the Old Seward highway when it T-boned a cab driver who had pulled out from 79th Avenue (traveling eastbound to turn northbound),” police wrote. “The adult male driver, who was the sole occupant of the Ford Crown Vic taxi, was declared deceased at the scene.”
Police have identified the taxi driver as 68-year-old Bruce Orton.
APD didn't respond to requests for further details Sunday.
Robert Ketchum, who lives in the area and recorded a video of the collision's aftermath, said he didn't hear any braking beforehand.
"I heard the crash from my apartment and I could tell it was a hard hit," Ketchum said. "When I got 300 yards from it I could see steam coming out of the [Mitsubishi], and as I got closer it caught on fire."
The struck taxi in Ketchum's video appeared to be an Alaska Yellow Cab. Employees at Alaska Yellow Cab deferred to a dispatch supervisor who wasn't working Sunday for additional information on the wreck.
Both people in the Mirage were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after their vehicle caught fire in the crash.
“According to witnesses speed may be a factor on behalf of the Mirage,” police wrote. “It will not be known if drugs or alcohol were involved until toxicology results are received.”
There is no signal at Old Seward and 79th, but the taxi’s driver did have a stop sign eastbound on 79th.
Old Seward was closed early Sunday as investigators examined the crash site, but had reopened by 8:20 a.m.
Police are asking any witnesses to the crash who haven’t already spoken with them to call APD at 311.
Jeff Bridges and Steve Quinn contributed information to this story.
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