UPDATE: Highway opened after crash on Seward Highway kills 1, injures 3

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Update 4:45 p.m. Friday:
Update: The deceased has been identified as 72-year-old Morris Parrish. His next of kin have been notified.

Anchorage Police say all lanes are now open.

Police say a white Ford Expedition was trying to turn left onto the Seward Highway from the parking lot of the Rabbit Creek Shooting range, but pulled in front of a southbound Dodge pickup truck, causing a T-bone crash.

Police say the Expedition rolled once before resting upright. The driver, the only person in the Expedition, was declared dead at the scene. Police say he was wearing a seatbelt.

The three people in the Dodge pickup truck were taken to the hospital for what police now say are non-life-threatening injuries. They have been released from the hospital.

Updated 2:55 p.m. Friday:
Anchorage Police say northbound lanes of the Seward Highway are now open. One southbound lane is still closed.

Original Story:
A two-vehicle accident on one of Anchorage's arterial highway is shutting down traffic, as emergency crews responded to the scene early Friday.

According to the Anchorage Fire Department, the crash on the Seward Highway near Potter Marsh was reported just before 11 a.m., and involved a truck and an SUV.

Fire Chief Jodie Hettrick said the crash was "severe" and that one person was declared dead at the scene.

In addition to the person who died, three other people were reported as victims. They were transported to hospitals from the scene.

Hettrick said that people had to be extracted from the wrecked vehicles. Those involved in the crash have not yet been identified, pending the notification of their families.

AFD is asking for people to avoid the area to reduce congestion and keep other drivers and first responders safe.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story included information from the Anchorage Fire Department that some of the patients had "critical" injuries, but Anchorage Police now say that is not the case. They were taken to the hospital, APD says.



 
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