Parks Highway Accident: A tanker-truck collision on Thursday at Trapper Creek on the Parks Highway claimed the life of a Talkeetna resident. As fuel spilt during the collision is cleaned up, a section of the highway is anticipated to be closed until Thursday evening. A methane tanker travelling south on the highway early on Thursday reportedly lost control while negotiating a corner close to highway Mile 133.5, according to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch. It crashed with a fuel tanker being driven by 67-year-old David Hope that was moving north.
As soon as the collision was reported at around 1:30 a.m., troopers and emergency personnel rushed to the scene, according to the transmission. Hope was pronounced dead then and then. According to troopers, the methane tanker’s driver was unharmed. According to troopers, Hope’s family has been informed, and his body has been transported to the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage.
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Austin McDaniel, a spokesperson for the troopers, said that as of Thursday afternoon, he was still unsure of the circumstances surrounding the crash, including if the weather played a role. A third significant winter storm slammed Anchorage and much of the Mat-Su Borough on Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
The methane tanker was empty when it crashed, according to the police. However, there was a sizable amount of fuel spilt from the other tanker. The cleanup of the scene is being coordinated by the relevant companies and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, according to the troopers. Up until early Thursday evening, the route is anticipated to be closed between Mile 127 and 133.5. On the state’s road conditions website, 511.alaska.gov, updates will be posted.