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Driver dead, 7 people hospitalized after collision near Wasilla

A Wasilla man died and seven people were hospitalized Tuesday after a pickup collided with an SUV on Knik-Goose Bay Road in the Valley.

Daniel Alexander, 37, died after the crash, troopers said in an online dispatch.

Troopers responded just after 4 p.m. to Knik-Goose Bay near South Foothills Boulevard, just south of Wasilla.

"Investigation revealed a black 1993 Toyota Tacoma pickup, driven by (Alexander), was southbound on KGB when it crossed the centerline into the northbound lane and struck a green 2002 Chevrolet Suburban," troopers wrote. "Both Alexander, who was not wearing a seat belt, and his passenger, a child in a car seat, were ejected from the vehicle."

The child was taken by helicopter to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage with non-life-threatening injuries, troopers said.

Alexander died en route to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, where the Suburban's driver – 30-year-old Wasilla resident Curtis Tucker – and his five passengers were also taken.

None of the injuries to the occupants of the Suburban was life-threatening, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said in an email. The wreck remains under investigation, but Peters said that because the only survivor from the pickup was a child, "we don't know what was going on inside the vehicle."

"The usual (toxicology) screen will be done to see if impairment was a possible issue but those results take a while to get back," Peters wrote.

Correction: This story has been edited to say that the crash occurred Tuesday, not Wednesday.

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