A California woman was killed in an accident that closed the Sterling Highway for about two hours and had traffic backed up for miles Saturday afternoon.
Zoe Kreizenbeck, 49, of Nevada City, Calif., died on impact when her vehicle was hit head-on at about 1 p.m. at Mile 132 of the highway near Ninilchik, according to Alaska State Troopers.
A white Ford pickup driven southbound by Alaska resident Bobbie Crumpler, 39, attempted to pass a vehicle. She had four other passengers in her vehicle. Crumpler collided with a northbound red Chevy pickup driven by Arthur Able, 23, of Anchorage, who tried to take evasive action. Able was carrying one passenger, Lisa Sweeney, also of Anchorage.
Crumpler's vehicle struck the side of Able's truck, which caused her vehicle to bounce into oncoming traffic.
Crumpler's vehicle collided head on with a silver Nissan X-Terra driven by Kreizenbeck. Kreizenbeck was traveling with Kevil Pelton, 52, also from Nevada City.
Crumpler and all four passengers sustained injuries and were transported to Central Peninsula General Hospital. Able and Sweeney were unharmed.
Troopers said everyone involved in the accident was wearing their seat belts, and that no alcohol was involved.
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