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Collision on Sterling Highway leaves 2 dead

Posted: January 10, 2012 - 11:47am  |  Updated: January 10, 2012 - 12:21pm

Two vehicles collided on the Sterling Highway Monday night leaving one of the drivers and one of the passengers dead.

Alaska State Troopers reported a 2007 Nissan Titan truck driven by Jesse Chumley, 20, of Sterling, crossed the center lane of the highway near Robinson Loop and struck a 1998 Dodge Stratus driven by Jenna Herrmann, 26 of Anchorage. The accident happened about 7:58 p.m.

Herrmann was pronounced dead at the scene. Bilal Pitts, 35, of Anchorage, who was seated in the left rear seat of Herrmann’s vehicle, died later as a result of the crash.

Chumley and Tommy Brown II, 29, of Anchorage, who was also a passenger in Herrmann’s vehicle, were taken to Central Peninsula Hospital for minor injuries and then later released.

Troopers, The Bureau of Highway Patrol, Kenai Peninsula Team and Central Emergency Services responded to the call.

The road was closed for investigation, but traffic was rerouted through Robinson Loop. The Sterling Highway was reopened at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning. Investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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