Teen dies in collision on highway in south Anchorage

Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A head-on collision killed a teen-age girl Wednesday night on the Seward Highway about 15 miles south of downtown Anchorage.

A northbound white car was reported to be driving erratically at a high speed and illegally passing other cars shortly before the accident, said Anchorage Police Department detective Bob Butcher.

Police said as the car approached McHugh Creek, near Mile 112, the car apparently attempted to pass another vehicle on a right-hand curve.

The car smashed head-on into a 35-foot motor home with three occupants at 9:45 p.m.

Butcher said the car went underneath the motor home. The girl suffered massive head injuries and died.

The driver of the motor home was not injured. Two passengers were taken to a hospital with what police said were back injuries. The motor home was demolished.

Police said there were no obvious signs that alcohol or drugs contributed to the accident. An autopsy is scheduled.

The accident investigation completely closed the highway for two and a half hours, backing up northbound traffic for at least two miles. The highway was open to traffic both ways four hours after the accident.

Police said they plan to release the girl's name after she is positively identified.

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