Trooper injured during Sterling Highway crash

Anchorage Daily NewsJanuary 20, 2013 

An Alaska State Trooper was injured in a Sterling Highway crash that occurred late Saturday afternoon when a driver heading the opposite direction lost control while trying to pass, troopers said.

The injured trooper was taken to South Peninsula Hospital by medics and later released, according to a trooper report.

Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters identified the officer on Sunday as John Probst.

The crash happened at about 4:43 p.m. Saturday.

Anthony Larocca, 46, of Kenai was traveling north on the Sterling Highway in a green 1995 Dodge pickup truck when around Mile 145, near Happy Valley, he tried to pass the vehicle in front of him, troopers said. During the attempt, he lost control of his truck and crossed the center line, then spun out, troopers said.

"He was wobbling in the roadway," Peters said. "It would have been a head-on but this guy did a 180."

Probst, who is assigned to the Anchor Point trooper post, was heading south in a 2013 Ford Explorer. The rear of the truck hit the front of the trooper's SUV, Peters said.

Probst tried to get out of the way of the oncoming truck, troopers said.

Neither Larocca nor his passengers reported injuries, troopers said.

Everyone involved was wearing seat belts. There's no evidence of drugs or alcohol being a factor in the crash, troopers said.

The trooper SUV had to be towed away. The truck was drivable.

The Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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