Fairbanks man killed in RV rollover in Thompson Pass

Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An 18-year-old Fairbanks man died early Tuesday after an RV went off the road in Thompson Pass and overturned, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Lucas Goodhand was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday morning.

Three companions in the RV were injured.

Collin Cruickshank, 20, of Valdez was taken to Valdez Community Hospital and then transferred to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, where he was in critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit Tuesday evening.

Andrew Pagel, 20, of Fairbanks, was admitted to the Valdez hospital for observation and was in stable condition Tuesday night. Shane Berger, 19, of Fairbanks, was treated at the Valdez hospital for minor injuries and released.

The four were just over the top of Thompson Pass headed down a long descent toward Valdez about 5 a.m. when their 1978 Champion veered off the road, rolled down an embankment, and landed in a pond, according to troopers.

The four apparently were returning to Valdez after attending the Talkeetna Bluegrass Festival, troopers said.

It wasn't clear who was driving as the RV passed through a construction zone with a speed limit of 15 mph, according to trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson.

Speed, alcohol and fatigue were believed to be factors in the crash, according to troopers.

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