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Fairbanks man dies in Parks Highway crash amid wet, icy conditions

  • Author: Annie Zak
  • Updated: April 28, 2018
  • Published April 28, 2018

One person is dead after a two-vehicle crash Friday night at Mile 172 of the Parks Highway, Alaska State Troopers said in a dispatch Saturday. Troopers were notified of the crash at about 10:20 p.m.

Twenty-year-old Meghan Blemke of Fairbanks was driving northbound in a Toyota Camry "when she lost control and crossed the center line of the highway," troopers said. Roads were wet and icy in spots, troopers said.

Her vehicle was T-boned by a Jeep Wrangler that was heading south. A man who was a passenger in the Camry, 28-year-old Willie Graham of Fairbanks, was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said. Blemke had life-threatening injuries and was taken to Providence Medical Center.

Two people in the Jeep — the driver, 25-year-old Dominic Comerate, and a passenger, Jessica Klamp — and a dog in that car were not injured, troopers said.

All the people involved were wearing seat belts, troopers said, and it's unknown whether impairment was a factor in the crash. Several people stopped to help in providing first aid before medical and rescue workers arrived.

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