Anchorage man dies in Seward Highway accident

Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An 80-year-old Anchorage man died after a head-on collision on the Seward Highway Sunday, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Paul McLaughlin died in the two-vehicle accident at Mile 74 of the highway.

McLaughlin was southbound in the fast lane of the highway when Troy Morehead, 29, of Elmendorf Air Force Base attempted to pass in a no-passing zone heading north.

McLaughlin saw Morehead enter his lane and tried to move into the slow lane, troopers said, while Morehead swerved into the same lane and the vehicles collided.

McLaughlin, who was driving alone, died at the scene.

Morehead, his wife Jennifer, 24, and their 7-year-old daughter Katie were taken to the Elmendorf hospital for treatment. Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, troopers said.

The Moreheads were wearing seat belts.

The accident closed the Seward Highway for nearly three hours.

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