Eagle River man dies in crash

Posted: Wednesday, December 07, 2005

A 28-year-old Eagle River man died and another man was injured Tuesday afternoon in a head-on collision on the Sterling Highway between Cooper Landing and Sterling.

According to Alaska State Troopers, the Eagle River man, whose identity was not being released pending notification of next of kin, was driving a red 2003 Chevy Tracker in freezing rain conditions, when his car collided with a 1990 red Ford pickup truck registered to a 53-year-old Soldotna man, and driven by a younger man.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the pickup truck driver’s identification could not be confirmed by troopers. He was treated at the scene and taken by Central Emergency Services ambulance to Central Peninsula General Hospital.

The wreck, which was reported at 3:14 p.m., caused the highway to be closed for several hours. Troopers expected to have the vehicles moved and the Sterling Highway opened by 6 p.m.

Both men were the sole occupants of the two vehicles.

Emergency responders called for a Lifeguard helicopter, but were told weather conditions did not permit flight at the time.

First responders on the scene performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the 28-year-old victim, and he was taken by ambulance to CPGH, but he did not survive.

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