Collision injures two, closes Kenai Spur Hwy. for an hour

A two-car accident sent two motorists to the hospital with serious injuries and closed the Kenai Spur Highway for about an hour Saturday morning, police said.

A 74-year-old man traveling north toward Nikiski lost control of his 2005 Kia sedan at mile 12, Kenai Police Department Sgt. Kelly George said. The man crossed over the center line, George said, and struck a 2012 Toyota Crossover driven by a 32-year-old woman driving south.

The accident occurred about 10:51 a.m. near the First Baptist Church of Kenai and blocked traffic for about an hour. George said the road was icy in the area.

The vehicles contained only their drivers who both sustained serious injuries and were transported to Central Peninsula Hospital. The driver of the Toyota Crossover was trapped, forcing responders to cut her free of the vehicle, George said.

“Both parties suffered significant injuries,” George said.

The case is still under investigation. No citation has yet been issued, George said.

Initial reports indicated a third car was involved, but George said that vehicle did not impact the other two as its driver was able to steer around the collision as it occurred.

The police are not currently releasing the names of the two drivers.

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