Summit Lake

Sabine Poux/KDLL

The Summit Lake area of the Seward Highway is a cell desert. Like much of Turnagain Pass, it’s also an area that’s prone to accidents, particularly in the winter.

“And so right now what happens is people might get in a horrible car accident, and then they have to rely on people who drive by to see the accident and then get to a location where there is cell service and call 911," said Michelle Weston, fire chief at Girdwood Fire and Rescue.

Hannah Etengoff

For four and a half hours Monday night, the only road to the Kenai Peninsula was blocked in both directions by an avalanche near Summit Lake.

The avalanche hit around 4:20. Hannah Etengoff was driving back home to Kenai with her husband and dogs.