Woman killed in head-on collision

Accident closes highway for 4 hours

Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2004

A 29-year-old medical student was killed and two people were seriously injured Wednesday morning in a head-on collision that closed the Sterling Highway in Sterling for about four hours.

Tina Juul-dam of Los Altos, Calif., was killed and fellow medical student William Weppner, 29, of Boise, Idaho, was seriously injured when the 1990 Ford Bronco in which they were traveling was hit by a 2004 P.T. Cruiser driven by David Leach, 20, of Soldotna, at Mile 89.5 of the highway.

According to Alaska State Troopers, the Cruiser had been seen drifting in and out of its northbound lane shortly before crossing the centerline and striking the southbound Bronco at about 7 a.m.

The two medical students were in a residency program at Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Leach was flown to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, where he was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon.

As of Wednesday evening, Weppner was still being treated at CPGH, according to a hospital spokesperson.

After initially being stopped for more than one hour, traffic on the Sterling Highway was diverted onto a side road as troopers and medical responders worked to extricate the victims and clear the wreck.

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