Friday night accident

Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2001

Emergency responders work on clearing a three-vehicle accident from the Sterling Highway at Tern Lake, near the intersection of the Seward Highway on Friday night.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna received a report of two overturned tractor-trailer trucks. One truck was carrying hot asphalt, the other was carrying fire retardant, which can be seen spilled on the road.

Preliminary investigation indicated that a semi hauling asphalt was northbound on the Sterling Highway and a semi hauling fire retardant was southbound on the Sterling Highway. They struck each other then struck another passing passenger truck with three people in it. Injuries were reported, but none were said to be life-threatening. Both trucks spilled their loads onto the roadway.

The Sterling Highway was closed to at least one lane of traffic for three to five hours. Traffic on the Seward Highway was not affected by the accident.

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