Dump-truck operator cited in Seward/Tudor overpass collision
The company whose dump truck’s raised bin struck a Seward Highway overpass in Midtown, leading to major repair costs and traffic diversions as state crews work on repairs, has been issued two non-criminal citations in the collision.
The Jan. 3 strike against the highway’s Tudor Road overpass led to two citations against Kelly Inc., doing business as A-1 Lawn and Landscaping, for unsafe conditions forbidden and not wearing corrective lenses, according to the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.
“The citation was issued on Jan. 3, 2019, (and) the driver has 30 days to respond,” state officials wrote. “After that, the citation will be forwarded to the Alaska Court System in Anchorage. The final penalty for this type of citation can range greatly and depends on extenuating circumstances such as driver history. Such penalties may have further implications such as insurance requirements for the driver and carrier.”
A-1 staff didn't have immediate comment on the case Monday afternoon.
Since the collision, northbound traffic on the Seward has been blocked or restricted, with eastbound traffic on the overpass unable to turn north onto the highway. Workers are replacing the girder along the south side of the overpass struck by the northbound dump truck’s bin, which separated from the vehicle during the collision.
Direct fines from the citations total $450, although DOTPF has vowed to recover as much of the ultimate repair cost as possible from the incident.
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