Alaska News

Anchorage woman dies in head-on collision on Parks Highway Saturday

An Anchorage woman died Saturday night and a Wasilla man was seriously injured in a head-on collision on the Parks Highway near Houston, Alaska State Troopers said.

Melissa Joy Labriola, 38, was southbound in a 2009 four-door car when it crossed the center line of the highway near Mile 50 just before 8:30 p.m. and struck a 2002 Chevrolet pickup driven by 35-year-old Gary Alan James Jr., troopers wrote in an online statement.

Labriola died at the scene and troopers said James was brought to a hospital in serious condition.

“Traffic was re-routed to the recently paved southbound divided lanes,” troopers wrote.

The investigation is ongoing, troopers said.

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