Inbound lanes of Seward Highway reopen at Fireweed Lane after multivehicle collision

The northbound lanes of Seward Highway were closed for about two hours Tuesday morning in Midtown Anchorage as firefighters and police responded to a multivehicle crash, police said in an alert.

One of the drivers involved was arrested on suspicion of operating under the influence, an Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman said.

Police were called to the area just before 7 a.m. for a crash involving three vehicles, said police spokeswoman Renee Oistad.

Travis Swanson, 38, was driving a green Suzuki heading eastbound on Fireweed Lane and went through a red light, police wrote in a statement. Drivers of two northbound cars, which had a green light, both struck the Suzuki as it crossed the Seward Highway, police said.

One of the vehicles then ran into the base of a traffic light pole, police said.

Officers noted signs of impairment from Swanson and charged him with operating under the influence, according to police. He was also cited for failure to stop and driving without proof of insurance.

The drivers were not injured, but police said a passenger in Swanson’s car sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Tess Williams

Tess Williams is a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, focusing on breaking news and public safety. 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