Kenai man killed in collision

Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2004

An elderly man died of injuries early Tuesday morning after the pickup truck he was driving collided with a cement truck on the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski.

Glynn R. Meeks, 83, of Kenai, died in the hospital after being injured Monday afternoon when his 2000 Ford pickup reportedly crossed the centerline of the highway and struck the side of a Best Transit Mix cement truck, driven by Jeffrey Risch, 45, of Soldotna.

Risch was taken by ambulance to Central Peninsula General Hospital, where he was treated and released.

According to the Nikiski Fire Department, Meeks was trapped in his vehicle after the collision and the pickup needed to be cut open to extricate him.

Alaska State Troopers said both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, and both vehicles were totaled.

Wet cement spilled from the Best truck and, according to Assistant Nikiski Fire Chief Warren Isham, a state highway department road grader was sent to plow the cement off the roadway.

"At first we tried washing the cement off the road with hoses and we were using shovels. That really wasn't working," Isham said.

"The road grader really helped."

The Spur Highway was closed during the cleanup and traffic was diverted onto Miller Loop Road, Isham said.

Nikiski Fire Department responded with two fire engines, a rescue truck, two ambulances and a total of 14 firefighter-medics, he said.

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