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Homer man in critical condition after two-vehicle crash

Tegan Hanlon

A Homer man was flown to Anchorage with life-threatening injuries after a car crash Monday in Anchor Point, said Alaska State Troopers.

Mark Shufelt, 51, was driving southbound on Sterling Highway in a 1998 Toyota Tacoma around 4 p.m. when his truck collided with a 2005 Ford Taurus traveling southbound. The two vehicles rolled numerous times off of the road near Mile 155. Shufelt wasn't wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the truck, troopers said.

The Soldotna Public Safety Dispatch Center started receiving calls from multiple witnesses reporting the crash at 4:07 p.m., said Beth Ipsen, troopers spokeswoman.

Troopers responded and Shufelt was flown to Providence Alaska Medical Center where he remained in critical condition Tuesday afternoon.

The two passengers in the Ford, 56-year-old Donald Crech and 54-year-old Timothy Johnson, both of Ninilchik, were wearing seatbelts and received non-life threatening injuries, troopers said. They were taken to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer for treatment.

The cause of the collision remains under investigation, Ipsen said. She described the road conditions as "dry" and the weather as "nice."

"So that doesn't appear to be a factor," she said.

Reach Tegan Hanlon at thanlon@adn.com or 257-4589.


By TEGAN HANLON
thanlon@adn.com