A 31-year-old Kenai woman was killed in a motor-vehicle collision Wednesday afternoon on the Seward Highway near Girdwood.
According to Alaska State Troopers, Barbara Osborn was driving her 2005 Ford Focus southbound near Mile 96 of the highway when she lost control on icy roads at approximately 4 p.m.
“Right now it looks like she lost control on the icy roads and slid into the other lane,” said trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson.
Osborn’s vehicle struck a 1992 Plymouth van driven by Jamie Bordelon, 29, of Sterling. Osborn was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bordelon and five passengers in the van were taken to Anchorage hospitals for treatment.
Osborn worked as a corrections officer at Wildwood Pretrial Facility in Kenai. She had three children.
Sgt. Roy Smith at Wildwood said Thursday that officers are mourning the loss of Osborn, who he said had worked at Wildwood for approximately six months after transferring from Anchorage.
“She was a good officer,” Smith said. “She was very valued and appreciated out here.”
According to Sgt. William Welch with troopers in Girdwood, conditions on the portion of the highway south of Girdwood are extremely treacherous and were at the time of the accident.
“Yesterday at about 2 o’clock it started raining, after it had been snowing all morning,” Welch said.
“It just started building up ice.”
Welch said troopers managed to get the highway open at about 6:30 p.m., then had to respond to another accident almost immediately.
“We opened up the road and the first 15 or 20 cars through, about 5 miles south, there was another head-on,” he said.
Welch said both accidents were the result of speed and icy conditions.
He added that motorists traveling along Alaska’s highways should be extremely cautious this time of year, though he said he hasn’t seen much difference on his slick stretch of the highway.
“People are not slowing down,” he said.
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