Road reopens after pedestrian dies in snowplow crash
The westbound lanes of 5th Avenue, from Reeve to Concrete, are now open after a snowplow struck a pedestrian in the area late Sunday night. The Anchorage Police Department identified the pedestrian as 53-year-old Anthony Afcan in a statement Wednesday.
Anchorage police responded to the area of 5th Avenue and Tetlin around 11:03 p.m. Sunday after reports of the crash, according to a release from the department.
"Initial indications are that a state snowplow operator was driving westbound on 5th Avenue, in the right-hand lane, when he thought he saw something dark in the roadway," the release stated. "The plow driver swerved, turned the plow around to see what it was, and discovered an adult male pedestrian in the lane of travel."
A witness stopped and told police they drove past a man walking in the roadway just seconds before the snowplow swerved in an attempt to avoid the collision.
The roadways surrounding the area were closed overnight while investigators processed the scene. The snowplow driver stayed in the area and continues to cooperate with the investigation.
Police say the pedestrian died at the scene.
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