ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - UPDATE:
APD has not identified the person who caused the wreck at this time. As of Wednesday, they have identified the deceased as 65-year-old Michael F. Witman and his six-year-old daughter, Aviendha.
According to a a Facebook post from the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department on Tuesday, Witman was a volunteer firefighter with the department for 17 years before leaving just eight months ago "to spend more time at home with his family. His wife is identified as Delinda in the post, who is currently in the hospital along with their other child.
The Department of Transportation confirms that the crash occurred inside of a construction zone where lowered speed limit signs were present. However, the collision happened on a completed portion of road.
DOT spokespeople said the construction project zone that the wreck happened near has been underway for three years and should be completed in the fall. The goal of the construction is to make the road safer by creating larger shoulders, straightening out parts of the road geometry, and adding more passing lanes.
UPDATE: The Seward Highway is now open after having been closed down since 2:53 p.m. Monday.
The highway had been closed while APD investigated the cause of a serious multi-car collision. In their preliminary investigation, APD said a Subaru crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a Jeep that rolled across the highway. Another vehicle behind the Jeep continued on and crashed into the Subaru.
APD said an adult male and a juvenile female who were passengers in the Jeep were pronounced dead at the scene. There were two other passengers in the vehicle who were sent to the hospital. All members in the Jeep were in the same family, APD said, and the passengers transported to the hospital are expected to survive.
The driver of the Subaru has also been transported to a hospital but with life-threatening injuries.
The four passengers in the third vehicle were also all in the same family, one of which was also transported to the hospital.
APD said the collision is still under investigation and no arrests have been made at this point.
ORIGINAL STORY: Mile 81 of the Seward Highway has been closed down near the Portage exit area due to what Anchorage Police are calling a serious injury collision.
APD is saying there have been two fatalities in the collision with at least four victims with unknown conditions at the hospital. Traffic investigators are at the accident to investigate the cause of the collision.
The police responded to the accident at 2:53 p.m. Monday and say the highway will be shut down in all directions for several hours.
APD said traffic will be impacted for a while as they respond to the collision.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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