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1 dead in Seward Highway crash near Moose Pass

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 13
  • Published January 12

A Fairbanks resident died at the scene of a Seward Highway crash involving a Volkswagen and a piece of heavy equipment Tuesday afternoon near Moose Pass, Alaska State Troopers said.

Reports of the crash came into the Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center starting around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to an online report from troopers. A preliminary investigation found that a 2019 Volkswagen Golf being driven “at a high rate of speed” north on the Seward Highway near Mile 30 hit the back of a road grader that “was actively plowing,” troopers said.

The driver of the Volkswagen, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to troopers. The person working the road grader — operated by the state transportation department — was not injured, troopers said.

Troopers on Wednesday identified the driver of the Volkswagen as 31-year-old Allen Solomon of Fairbanks.

The crash blocked a lane of traffic and prompted delays through the afternoon, but was cleared by 7 p.m., troopers said.