Crane needed to pull semi from Seward Hwy. ditch

Tegan Hanlon

A tractor trailer that slid off the Seward Highway Friday morning tangled traffic between Girdwood and Bird Point throughout the day, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers funneled vehicles through a single lane around noon while trying to remove the semi, which was transporting groceries to the Kenai Peninsula, from a ditch near Mile 96.

Road conditions Friday morning were "water and ice," according to Megan Peters, Troopers spokesman. Troopers couldn't say if the icy conditions definitely caused the slide.

A crane was dispatched to remove the rig, Peters said. The highway was completely reopened by about 5:20 p.m.

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