ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Willow couple killed in a three-vehicle crash on the Parks Highway on Monday was on their way Outside to visit family for the holidays, friends said.
Frederick and Alvera Alley were being driven to the Anchorage International Airport by friend, Michael L. Mikkelsen, when they were struck head-on by another car.
All three were killed in the crash and two teenage girls in another car were also injured. A passenger in the second vehicle told the Anchorage Daily News that a patch of ice caused them to skid across the centerline of the roadway.
Frederick, 54, and Alvera Alley, 51, both worked as bus drivers for a company under contract to Willow Elementary School, according to school principal Steve Moore.
''They were definitely part of the community and part of the Willow family,'' Moore said. ''They'll be remembered forever.''
Six months ago, the Alleys began operating a small espresso stand on the Parks Highway in Willow, Moore said. The Alleys were on their way to a family holiday in the Lower 48, Moore told the Anchorage Daily News.
Mikkelsen's son, Tim, said the family did not want to be interviewed.
''He was my dad and I loved him and he was my kids' grandfather, and now we'll have to deal with that,'' he said.
The accident occurred about 8:40 p.m. Monday at about Mile 52 of the Parks Highway. Alaska State Troopers have not determined the cause of the crash, said Lt. Randy Hahn, a deputy commander of the Palmer detachment.
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