Vehicle collision details emerge

The Sterling Highway was closed briefly Saturday evening due to weather-related incidents.

A series of incidents, all attributed to icy road conditions, caused traffic to slow and stop near Kasilof.

A trooper was assisting a disabled motorist near Mile 104 of the Sterling Highway at about 5:20 p.m. when his patrol vehicle was struck by an approaching mini-van driven by Mary Berger, 60, of Ninilchik. The icy road conditions were considered a factor in the crash, said Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Beth Ipsen.

Berger was not injured, and the trooper was not in his vehicle at the time of the accident. Emergency lights were on, and the trooper was attempting to mark the area with road flares.

In the midst of that incident, another vehicle went into the ditch nearby.
All in all, Ipsen said the highway was reportedly closed for no more than 15 minutes.

The closure was to clear and sand the road.

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