Alaska State Troopers have identified the Wasilla woman killed and Anchorage man injured in a crash which temporarily closed the Seward Highway near Girdwood Wednesday evening.
In a Thursday AST dispatch, troopers say 34-year-old Margie Thompson was killed in the Chevrolet van's single-vehicle crash, with 42-year-old John William Martin hospitalized afterward.
AST spokesperson Megan Peters said Wednesday that the incident, first described as a wreck with extrication, was reported at about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday at Mile 89 of the highway, about a mile from the turnoff for Girdwood’s Alyeska Highway.
“We have a confirmed single-vehicle fatality,” Peters said.
One of the troopers at the scene, AST Sgt. Ronny Simmons, says Thompson and Martin were headed north in rainy weather when the van crossed the highway's center line, hit a guardrail and rolled. The female was pinned beneath the van and died at the scene, while the male was taken to an area hospital.
"The vehicle overturned and landed in the middle of the roadway," troopers wrote in a dispatch on the wreck released early Thursday. "A female occupant was ejected from the van after the impact, the van then landed on the female."
While the highway was first reported to be closed, traffic flow on the highway was "intermittent" as of 9:55 p.m., according to Peters.
Troopers at the scene said alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash, with neither person involved wearing seat belts.
Channel 2's Mike Ross and Rick Schleyer contributed information to this story.