Three killed in Big Lake crash

Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three people were killed and two others hospitalized following a three-vehicle accident near Big Lake.

The accident occurred at about 8:45 p.m. Monday when two cars collided head on on the Parks Highway near the Big Lake Road junction. A third vehicle, a pickup, was unable to stop and hit at least one of the other cars, Alaska State Troopers said.

The dead were identified as Michael Mikkelson, 57, of Houston, Frederick Alley, 54, of Willow, and his wife, Alvera Alley, 51.

Investigators said Mikkelson was driving the Willow couple to the airport and was southbound on the highway when a 17-year-old girl in the northbound lane lost control of her vehicle on the slippery road and slid into the other lane.

The girl, Caitlin Fisher, of Wasilla, was in guarded condition early Wednesday at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. Her passenger, Tarrah Naczi, 15, of Wasilla, was in stable condition at Valley Hospital.

The driver of the pickup truck, John Butcher, 16, of Big Lake, had minor injuries.

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