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Woman dies in head-on Kenai wreck

  • Author: Chris Klint
  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published December 30, 2015

A 31-year-old woman died in a head-on car crash near Kenai Tuesday evening, according to local police, who said they are still investigating the collision's cause.

Kenai resident Ruth Holliday was killed when the 1997 Chevrolet Suburban she was driving collided with a 1998 Ford Taurus on Bridge Access Road. Kenai Police Department officers and medics responded to the wreck, south of the bridge, shortly before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

An initial investigation found that Holliday's vehicle was headed south when it entered the northbound lane and struck the Ford.

"After the impact with the Taurus, the Suburban traveled into the southbound ditch and rolled," police wrote. "(Holliday) died at the scene, and next of kin have been notified by law enforcement. The driver and sole occupant of the Taurus was a 39 year-old male from Kenai, who was transported by medics to (Central Peninsula Hospital) for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries."

Kenai Police Chief Gus Sandahl said Wednesday that there were no immediate plans for charges or citations in the crash. Investigators are still trying to determine whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

"Road conditions were not a factor," Sandahl said. "Other causes are still under investigation."

Alaska State Troopers, as well as crews from Central Emergency Services and the Nikiski Fire Department, also responded to the scene.

Bridge Access Road was closed until about 2 a.m. Wednesday by the investigation, police said.

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