By Chris Klint
Channel 2 News
10:19 AM AKST, February 21, 2013
A Soldotna woman who died in a Kenai Spur Highway collision Thursday, which injured another woman and closed the highway for several hours, has been named by Alaska State Troopers.
Shelby Gillins, 21, was declared dead at Mile 3.5 of the highway near Pickle Hill, according to a Thursday AST dispatch.
Troopers say the Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center received several 911 calls at 7:53 a.m. reporting the crash.
“Investigation revealed that (Gillins) was traveling northbound on the Kenai Spur when she lost control of her vehicle, a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt,” troopers wrote. “Gillins' vehicle went sideways and was struck by a southbound 2002 Ford Windstar minivan driven by Sharon Efta, age 56 of Kenai.”
Nobody else was in either vehicle, according to AST spokesperson Megan Peters.
The highway was closed as troopers investigated the crash, Peters estimating that it might not be reopened until 1 p.m., but the wreck was cleared and traffic was moving at about 11:30 a.m.
Gillins’ next of kin, as well as the state medical examiner’s office, have been notified of the crash.
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