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1 person dead, 1 injured in a head-on car crash in Wasilla

A head-on collision in the Wasilla area Saturday left one person dead and another seriously injured, Alaska State Troopers say.

Troopers, Wasilla Police and other emergency agencies responded at around 11 p.m. to Mile 46 of the Parks Highway to a report of a two-car crash, according to the troopers’ report.

Gary Beall, 68, of Wasilla, was driving a red 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee northbound in the southbound lane and struck a black 2014 Cadillac sedan, troopers said. Beall died on scene, troopers reported. The 18-year-old Cadillac driver, Kiprian Ivanov, of Wasilla, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

Neither of the drivers had passengers in their cars.

Parks Highway traffic was diverted onto an adjacent road after the crash.

Public safety officials are continuing the investigation, according to the report.

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