Seward Highway crash involved drunk driver

Another head-on motor vehicle collision occurred near Girdwood on Tuesday. Responders transported three individuals to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage for treatment.


Alaska State Troopers determined a 60-year-old Anchor Point man was intoxicated at the time of the collision, they reported.

At 8:49 p.m. Tuesday, troopers responded to the report of a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of the Seward and Alyeska Highways in Girdwood. A Chevrolet truck — driven northbound by 36-year-old Christopher Shilling, of Seward — collided head-on with a southbound traveling Dodge truck. Ralph Edward Adams, of Anchor Point, drove the Dodge, according to a troopers dispatch.

Both vehicles were totaled, according to the dispatch.

Two passengers in Adams’ vehicle were transported to Providence Hospital for treatment of injuries — Grant Glanville, 30, and Krista Ketchersid, 21, both of Anchor Point, said troopers’ spokesperson Beth Ipsen via email.

It is unclear whether the other vehicle had passengers, Ipsen said.

Charges of driving under the influence will be forwarded to the appropriate district attorney’s office, due to Adams not being released from the hospital. No charges had been filed as of Wednesday evening, according to online court records.

Kenai Peninsula troopers, including Girdwood troopers, on Wednesday dealt with three motor vehicle collisions and seven vehicles in distress calls from midnight until 3:15 p.m., Ipsen said.

Tuesday’s collision occurred following a weekend of severe wrecks on the Peninsula’s main highway.

On Friday, two Anchor Point residents died in a head-on collision, closing the Seward Highway for about eight hours. The accident occurred near Summit Lake at mile 49. James and Margaret Campbell were traveling in a truck and collided with an SUV. They were thrown from their vehicle. The SUV went off the road and its driver, Richard Patterson, 47, of Sterling, was trapped inside with injuries.

On Sunday, a collision, which critically injured two people, closed both lanes of the Seward Highway for about three hours. A total of 11 people were injured in the wreck, troopers reported. The two-vehicle wreck occurred three miles north of Girdwood. A large SUV lost control due to road conditions, crossed the centerline and slammed into a smaller SUV.

The National Weather Service has not issued storm warnings or travel advisories for the Peninsula heading into Thursday.

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