A near head-on crash between two super duty pickup trucks Sunday afternoon on the Parks Highway killed both drivers and led authorities to close the road while the wreckage is cleaned up, Alaska State Troopers said.
The wreck occurred just before 4 p.m. near Mile 187 of the Parks Highway, near the Igloo landmark south of Cantwell.
The highway was closed initially in both directions but one lane was reopened sometime around 8 p.m.
Passengers in both trucks were hurt but their injuries are not life threatening, troopers said.
A 2008 Ford F-450 heading north was driven by Roy K. Ponder, 57 of Fairbanks, troopers said. He was hauling a trailer with snowmachines. Coming the other way was a 2007 Ford F-550 driven by David A. Kincaid, 57, of Palmer, troopers said. Kincaid's truck was pulling a Ford F-150 on a trailer.
Ponder's truck collided nearly head-on with Kincaid's truck in the middle of the highway after Kincaid veered slightly over the center line, troopers said. Medics from Cantwell and Trapper Creek were at the scene. Troopers arrived and confirmed that both men were killed in the crash.
Kincaid's daughter, Molly M. Kincaid, 24 of Palmer, was being taken to a hospital in Palmer by Trapper Creek medics, troopers said. Ponder's wife, Teresa A. Ponder, 55, was being taken to a Fairbanks hospital by Cantwell medics.
Troopers said their investigation does not show any evidence of impairment being a factor. They didn't yet know about seat belt usage or air bag deployment.
Trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said in an email that it was snowing in the area around the time of the crash and that the highway was slick.
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By LISA DEMER