Trooper injured in vehicle collision

Update: The driver of the red truck has been identified as Rodney Peterkin, 42, of Kenai. He suffered minor injuries as a result of the collision, according to Troopers. Investigation is ongoing.

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Law enforcement officials are investigating a Wednesday evening collision on the Kenai Spur Highway that involved an Alaska State Trooper.


At 11:33 p.m., Trooper Thad Hamilton was responding to a domestic violence call in Nikiski when he collided with a Dodge extended-cab truck at approximately mile 14 of the Kenai Spur Highway, according to a Trooper report.


The accident occurred near the Spur’s intersection with Cook Inlet View Drive and Wildwood Drive.


Another Trooper responding to the same call came upon the wreck moments after it occurred. Hamilton was transported and admitted to Central Peninsula Hospital. He is being treated for injuries sustained in the wreck, according to the report.


The cause of the collision is not yet determined.


Peterkin suffered minor injuries as a result of the collision, according to Troopers.


The patrol vehicle and the truck were totaled in the collision.


The highway was closed to one lane only for several hours, slowing early morning traffic. The road is now fully open and traffic is moving normally.


This story will be updated later as more details become available.

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