Troopers ID Anchor Point residents in Friday wreck

Casey Grove

Two Anchor Point residents have been identified as the two people killed in a head-on collision late Friday on the Seward Highway near Summit Lake, Alaska State Troopers said Saturday.

James Campbell, 62, and Margaret Campbell, 65, were ejected from their Toyota pickup and died, according to a written statement from troopers. Neither was wearing a seat belt, troopers said.

A 911 call reporting the three-vehicle collision near Mile 49 of the Sewad Highway, north of its intersection with the Sterling Highway, came in about 4:40 p.m. Friday, troopers said. The Campbells' pickup smashed head-on into a Chevrolet Blazer SUV, which careened 20 feet off the highway and down an embankment, according to the troopers' statement.

The Blazer's driver, 47-year-old Sterling resident Richard Patterson, was trapped inside for at least an hour until firefighters were able to free him, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said. Another SUV, a GMC Yukon, slammed into the back of the Campbells' Toyota pickup, and the Yukon's driver, 35-year-old Anchorage resident Sara Lindemann, and her two children were uninjured, Peters said.

It remained unclear Saturday how the vehicles hit each other.

"Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the collision," the troopers' statement said. "Investigation into the cause and circumstances of the collision is ongoing."


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