2 dead, 4 hurt in chaotic multivehicle crash and fire on Glenn Highway in Anchorage

Two people died and four were taken to the hospital with injuries Friday evening after multiple vehicles crashed on the Glenn Highway in northeast Anchorage, police said.

Patrol officers responded to a crash involving multiple cars on the Glenn between Turpin and Muldoon roads around 5:50 p.m., the Anchorage Police Department said in an alert Friday night. A preliminary investigation indicated that a red Dodge Challenger and a black Mitsubishi Galant traveling inbound on the Glenn both lost control, and the Dodge hit a tree by the highway, police said. The two people in that vehicle were taken to the hospital with injuries that police described as not life-threatening.

The Mitsubishi hit a black Toyota Tundra pickup that was also inbound, and both vehicles “crossed the median into the outbound lanes of the Glenn Highway” and rolled, police said. The Mitsubishi then hit a silver Chevy Silverado that was outbound from Anchorage in oncoming traffic, and both vehicles caught fire, according to police.

The driver of the Mitsubishi and a passenger were pronounced dead at the scene while the Chevy’s driver -- its sole occupant -- wasn’t hurt, police said.

The two people in the Toyota Tundra sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were also taken to the hospital, police said.

The deceased will be identified once next of kin have been notified, according to police, who said that no one had been arrested as of late Friday night.

The U.S. Army Alaska said in a written statement Saturday that two soldiers were killed and another two were injured in a Glenn Highway crash Friday. Of the two injured, one had been released from the hospital as of Saturday while the other remained at Providence Alaska Medical Center, the U.S. Army Alaska said.

Northbound and southbound lanes of the highway between Muldoon Road and Boniface Parkway were closed for several hours while crash investigators processed the scene. The highway reopened around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, according to police.

Police asked anyone who witnessed the crash to call dispatch at 907-786-8900.