Man killed, woman injured in Fort Yukon snowmachine accident

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 40-year-old snowmachiner died and his passenger was injured in a snowmachine crash in Fort Yukon, Alaska State Troopers said.

Roland Alexander of Fort Yukon was killed in Friday's accident. Troopers identified the passenger as Gina Rustad, 27, of Venetie.

Rustad was taken to a hospital in Fairbanks after Fort Yukon police found her dazed and wandering along a road Friday night, according to troopers. Rustad appeared to have been drinking and reported she thought she might have been assaulted, said trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson.

Fort Yukon police discovered a wrecked snowmachine on the same road. Wilkinson said a search of the area turned up no one else. But Saturday morning two people found Alexander's body about 20 yards away from the snowmachine.

Investigating troopers determined that Alexander was the snowmachine driver and Rustad was a passenger, according to Wilkinson. He said no foul play was suspected.

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