Alaska State Troopers have identified two Anchorage men who were driving the vehicles involved in a head-on crash Sunday afternoon that injured nearly a dozen people, closing both lanes of the Seward Highway near Girdwood for almost three hours.
A Monday AST dispatch says troopers received reports of a crash involving multiple vehicles at about 4:20 p.m. near Milepost 92, about three miles north of Girdwood. A Ford Expedition heading north and driven by 42-year-old Christopher Keffalos lost control due to snow and slush, crossing the center line and slamming into a Suzuki SUV driven by Ronald Myers, 56.
There were a total of eight people inside the Expedition and three passengers were children. One child in the vehicle and the front-seat passenger were extricated with life-threatening injuries.
There were three people inside the Suzuki and both the driver and the front seat passenger had to be extricated with serious injuries. The third person had scrapes, cuts, bruises, and minor injuries.
Troopers say all 11 people involved in the crash were taken to area hospitals by Girdwood and Anchorage emergency medical services. None of the passengers' names have yet been released.
Both lanes of the Seward were closed Sunday, as AST began an investigation that continues Monday. Troopers opened the southbound lane just before 7 p.m and the highway fully reopened just before 9 p.m.
Contact Neil Torquiano and Abby Hancock