State flags lowered in memory of musher Jerry Louden

Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State flags will be lowered Thursday in memory of musher Jerry Louden, a state worker who was killed on the Richardson Highway last week.

Gov. Tony Knowles ordered the flag lowering.

Louden, 50, had run the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race five times and one Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

The Two Rivers resident was working for the Department of Transportation last Friday when the flatbed truck he was driving swerved, ran off the highway and rolled.

Louden, who died at the scene, had swerved to avoid a white truck coming toward him, according to Alaska State Troopers. Troopers said they have a possible identification of the driver but were not releasing the name Wednesday.

The accident occurred at Mile 158 of the Richardson Highway, about 25 miles south of Paxson.

Louden's funeral was scheduled to take place Thursday in Fairbanks.

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