Vehicle accident kills two in Portage

Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A pickup truck veered into oncoming traffic and struck a sedan in Portage on Wednesday, killing two teen-agers and injuring two other occupants of the car, Alaska State Troopers said.

The names of the victims were not released.

Troopers identified the driver of the pickup as Robert Richardson, 35, of Anchorage. Girdwood paramedics transported Richardson and the two injured car passengers to Anchorage hospitals.

Troopers said Richardson was driving on Portage Glacier Road toward the Seward Highway when he crossed the center line at Mile 1.3 shortly before 5 p.m.

The impact tore the driver's side off the sedan, killing the driver and passenger in the rear driver's-side seat. The passengers in the front and rear passenger's-side seats were thrown from the car, troopers said.

The Portage road and the tunnel to Whittier were closed to traffic until 9:30 p.m.

Troopers said the driver of the sedan was wearing a seat belt, but it was unknown if the other occupants were.

An investigation of the accident is continuing.

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