Alaska News

Driver killed in head-on collision with RV on Parks Highway

Update, 8:40 a.m. Friday: Alaska State Troopers identified 37-year-old Renee Nobel of Hawaii as the driver who died Thursday in a collision on the Parks Highway.

Original story:

A driver died Thursday morning in a head-on collision with a motor home on the Parks Highway north of Willow, Alaska State Troopers said.

The collision occurred after a Ford SUV crossed into oncoming traffic around 9:05 a.m. near Mile 94, according to troopers. The driver of the SUV died on scene and troopers said no one else was in the vehicle. The driver of the motor home was brought to a hospital with minor injuries, troopers said. One passenger in the motor home was uninjured, said troopers spokesman Austin McDaniel.

Neither driver was immediately identified.

The Parks Highway closed for about three hours as troopers investigated and cleared vehicles from the road.

Talkeetna Fire and Mat-Su EMS also responded to the collision, McDaniel said.

The name of the driver killed in the collision was expected to be released after notification of next of kin and a positive identification from the Medical Examiner’s Office, troopers said.

An investigation into the collision continues.

Tess Williams

Tess Williams is a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, focusing on breaking news. Before joining the ADN in 2019, she was a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota and previously helped cover the Nebraska Legislature for The Associated Press. Contact her at