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Highway crashes claim three lives Wednesday

Redoubt Reporter

Three people were killed and three more were injured in two separate highway car accidents in Clam Gulch and Portage Wednesday.

Alaska State Troopers saidthey were notified of the crash in Clam Gulch, near mile post 119.5 of the Sterling Highway, just before 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. They said 40-year-old Brandon Ihde, of Kenai, was traveling southbound when his van crossed the center-line and hit a pickup truck head-on. Ihde and the driver of the truck, 61-year-old Ane Mane, of Homer, were both declared dead at the scene.

Later in the day, at 2:19 p.m., first responders in Anchorage and Whittier were called to a crash near mile 78 of the Seward Highway, by the construction area at the Placer Bridge. Anchorage Police saidan adult woman was driving an SUV southbound, toward the Kenai Peninsula, when she lost control on a curve and collided with a pickup truck traveling north, toward Anchorage. The SUV driver was declared dead at the scene while the driver and two passengers in the truck were transported to the hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. Police said they’ll release more information about the driver killed when her family is notified.

Both crashes caused temporary road closures on the highways. Investigation into the two fatal crashes is ongoing.

Sabine Poux is a producer and reporter for the Brave Little State podcast of Vermont Public. She was formerly news director and evening news host at KDLL in Kenai.

Originally from New York, Sabine has lived and reported in Argentina and Vermont and Kenai.
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