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Moose Causes 2 Seward Highway Crashes near Whittier

By Chris Klint, Senior Digital Producer,
Published On: Feb 21 2014 08:18:12 PM AKST
Updated On: Feb 21 2014 10:15:30 PM AKST
Moose Causes 2 Seward Highway Crashes near Whittier

The Seward Highway was briefly down to one lane near Portage Junction Friday night after two vehicles wrecked with minor injuries trying to avoid a moose, according to Alaska State Troopers.

AST spokesperson Tim DeSpain says the crash, at Mile 78.5 of the Seward near the Whittier turnoff, was reported just after 6:50 p.m. One driver at the scene of the crash swerved and rolled in an attempt to evade the moose, at which point another vehicle struck the animal.

Medics and tow trucks are both on scene. DeSpain said traffic was moving slowly in alternating directions on the highway’s remaining open lane, which reopened to traffic at about 8:20 p.m.

Channel 2’s Mike Ross and Sarah Evans contributed information to this story.