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Parks Highway Briefly Closed by 7-Injury Crash

Published On: Mar 14 2014 10:02:46 PM AKDT   Updated On: Mar 15 2014 04:01:53 AM AKDT
Parks Highway Briefly Closed by 3-Injury Crash

Courtesy Cammy Hite Pebsworth


Alaska State Troopers say seven people received minor injuries in a head-on collision between two sport-utility vehicles driven by Wasilla residents that briefly closed the Parks Highway Friday night.

According to an AST dispatch released early Saturday, 34-year-old Aimee Castro was headed north along the Parks near Mile 45.5 of the highway in a 1995 gray Honda Passport. She lost control, crossing the center line to strike a white 2009 Subaru Forester driven by 29-year-old Jesse Ivie.

“Castro and her three passengers and Ivie and his two passengers were all transported to Mat-Su Regional Hospital with minor injuries,” troopers wrote. “All parties reported wearing their seatbelts.”

While the Parks was blocked in both directions for about half an hour, AST spokesperson Beth Ipsen says the crash’s impact on traffic was relatively limited. Troopers responded to the scene just after 8:45 p.m.

“The highway was closed, but they were able to route traffic around it,” Ipsen said.

Ipsen says the highway has been reopened since troopers initially responded.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, and Castro was cited for failing to exercise due care to avoid a collision.