A rock the size of a small car tumbled from the cliffs above and onto the Seward Highway Wednesday night where a vehicle that appeared to be traveling northbound struck it.

Alaska Department of Transportation spokesperson Shannon McCarthy said it happened around 10:30 p.m. at mile 110.5, just south of McHugh Creek.

McCarthy, who described the rock as being about 6 by 8 feet, said the vehicle was damaged but the two occupants were able to walk away without injury.

A large rock fell onto the Seward Highway on Dec. 11, 2019. (Courtesy Alaska DOT)

Several people called 911 and crews removed the rock, McCarthy said.

DOT plans to put an emergency contract out to bid, which McCarthy said aims to bring down rocks in a controlled manner in areas where they have concern. That process is likely to take several weeks.

In the meantime, DOT advises drivers to be alert as they travel through the area and report any slides by calling 311.

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