Man dies in early morning Glenn Highway accident

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man traveling south on the Glenn Highway near the Eklutna Bridge died after his pickup truck went over a guardrail and down an embankment early Tuesday.

The man's name has not been released.

The accident occurred almost 27 miles north of Anchorage where the Glenn Highway crosses the Alaska Railroad via an overpass.

Police spokeswoman Anita Shell said the pickup was traveling at a high rate of speed when the passenger side of the truck struck the outside guardrail. The truck crossed the southbound lane, hit the inside guardrail, vaulted over and came to rest at the base a 30-foot drop-off between the north and southbound lanes.

An Alaska Railroad crew spotted the heavily damaged truck at about 2:25 a.m. resting by railroad tracks north of the bridge.

''It was not visible from the road,'' Shell said.

The driver, the truck's only occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shell said the truck's engine was still warm. Police estimate the accident occurred at 2 a.m.

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