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Man dies after pickups collide in Kenai

  • Author: Chris Klint
  • Updated: January 24, 2017
  • Published January 24, 2017

A Kenai collision between two pickups Monday evening left one of the drivers dead, local police said Tuesday.

The deceased was identified by the Kenai Police Department as 50-year-old Kenai resident Michael Thomas Grisham. A statement on the crash said officers responded just before 6 p.m. Monday to the Kenai Spur Highway crash scene.

"Subsequent investigation revealed that a red 2008 GMC Sierra pickup was traveling westbound on (the highway) and crossed the center line near the intersection with (Beaver Loop Road), striking an eastbound blue 1992 Ford Ranger pickup on the driver's side," police wrote.

Kenai Police Lt. Ben Langham said icy roads were a likely factor in the wreck.

"Right now, the contributing circumstance is going to be the conditions of the road," Langham said.

Medics took Grisham, who was driving the Ranger, and his passenger to Central Peninsula Hospital. Grisham was pronounced dead at the hospital, and the passenger was discharged soon after arrival.

The driver of the Sierra, 22-year-old Brian Kollm of Soldotna, and his passenger were evaluated and released at the scene.

Kollm stayed at the scene and cooperated with officers, Langham said.

No charges were initially filed in the crash, which remains under investigation.