Wreck overnight closes down Seward Highway, 1 man seriously injured

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A wreck late Wednesday night along the Seward Highway closed down access into the following morning. One man, after being pinned by a tractor trailer, is in life-threatening condition, authorities say.

The crash itself happened at Milepost 77.5 when a Ford Taurus, driving southbound on the highway, struck a International Harvester tractor trailer.

The driver of the Taurus, who has not yet been identified by the Anchorage Police Department, reportedly crashed into the tractor trailer, rear-ending it.

The tractor trailer was reportedly stopped in a construction zone due to construction work being done in the area when it was hit from behind by the Taurus.

APD said that traffic was down to one lane, with a pilot car escorting traffic along the highway while the other lane was closed.

After the crash, the Taurus driver "became pinned as a result of the collision and his lower body was trapped," APD wrote in an alert. The man was then flown to a local hospital for his life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured, APD reported.

MJ Thim, spokesperson with APD, said that the investigation into the cause of the crash is still being investigated, and causes such as alcohol or speeding have not been ruled out.

Both lanes were again re-opened to traffic just before 5 a.m.