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Driver badly hurt in collision with truck stopped at Seward Highway construction zone

A car southbound on the Seward Highway late Wednesday crashed into a tractor-trailer stopped at a construction zone near Portage, closing the highway for hours.

Anchorage police said a man driving a 1997 Ford Taurus hit the truck near Mile 77.5 of the highway, just over a mile from the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

The tractor-trailer was stopped at the direction of construction crews when the car rear-ended it. One lane was closed in the area and crews were operating a pilot car for traffic, police said.

The crash was reported to police around 10:30 p.m., said MJ Thim, police spokesman.

Thim said the front of the car went under the truck's trailer, trapping the driver. A crane was used to lift the trailer off the car to get the driver out. He had life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police have not released the car driver's name. He was flown from the crash scene to a hospital, police said. The truck driver was not injured.

There were no passengers in either vehicle, Thim said.

Both lanes of the highway were reopened by 4:50 a.m. Thursday.

Thim said police are continuing to investigate the collision.

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