Alaska State Troopers have named the man killed in Wednesday’s semi truck crash along the Seward Highway, which caused closures for hours near Moose Pass.

Next of kin for 46-year-old Marc Roderick of Anchor Point have been notified of his death, troopers said Wednesday. Troopers responded to the single-vehicle crash, near Mile 33 of the highway, at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.

“Investigation revealed that [Roderick] was driving his 2007 Kenworth northbound on the highway pulling a trailer with an excavator on it,” troopers wrote. “The vehicle left the snowy roadway and struck a rock wall. The excavator came forward and crushed the cab of the truck.”

Roderick was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain said Roderick was headed to Kenai at the time of the crash, amid weather that was "snowing heavily and gusting wind" with slush on the road. The driver of a pilot car traveling ahead of the semi reported the wreck to troopers.

Firefighters from Moose Pass and Bear Creek, as well as U.S. Forest Service personnel, responded along with troopers to the crash.

Scott Jensen contributed information to this story.

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