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Two motorcyclists crash, one dead, one critical

One man was killed and another suffered life-threatening injuries in a two-motorcycle accident Tuesday night. The crash closed the Sterling Highway for a time near mile 115 around 10 p.m.

According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch, the men were riding separate 2007 Harley Davidsons when they lost control in a corner, went off the road and crashed in the ditch.

Dead at the scene was 62-year-old Thomas Clinton Salmon of Soldotna.

His riding companion, 47-year-old Jason Thomas McWilliams suffered serious, life-threatening injuries and was transported to Central Peninsula Hospital. His current condition is unknown.

The Troopers report they believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. Next of kin have been notified and the investigation continues.