A Kenai woman died from injuries sustained in a rear-end collision involving two vehicles that closed the Kenai Spur Highway at Milepost 15.5 on Tuesday evening.
Kenai resident C. Eileen Rinc, 88, suffered serious injuries in the collision, Alaska State Troopers reported. She was transported to Providence Hospital in Anchorage and was later declared dead. Two others, 33-year-old Soldotna residents Alicia Castillo and Darren Campbell, were treated for non-life threatening injuries at Central Peninsula Hospital, according to the Alaska State Troopers.
At 2:48 p.m., Soldotna dispatch received multiple reports of a crash on the highway. Troopers investigated and determined a Ford F250 pickup driven by Castillo, with Campbell as a passenger, was stopped on the highway, facing south, preparing to turn left into a driveway. Rinc’s southbound Subaru did not stop for the pickup, troopers reported.
The Subaru sideswiped the Ford; it became lodged in the wheel well area of the pickup, Troopers reported.
Law enforcement blocked the northbound lane of the highway during their investigation, but traffic was rerouted through a parking lot. The highway’s southbound lane was partially blocked but was not closed to traffic. The highway reopened at 6:30 p.m.
The Bureau of Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the collision.
— Staff report