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Wasilla: 2 Men and 1 Woman Injured in Parks Highway Crash near Mile 49

By Neil Torquiano, Digital Producer, ntorquiano@ktuu.com
Published On: Nov 22 2013 05:19:06 PM AKST
Updated On: Nov 23 2013 04:30:26 PM AKST

A semi-truck crash with two other vehicles temporarily closed the Parks Highway in Wasilla on Friday afternoon, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Shortly after 4 p.m., the crash happened near Mile 49 of the Parks Highway.

A wildlife trooper reported that a blue Dodge Durango crossed the center line traveling north on an overpass near Museum Drive and Parks Highway.

“The Durango lost control and went into the oncoming lane of traffic where it struck the trailer of the Semi,” AST said in a Saturday dispatch.

Troopers say the semi-trailer started fishtailing and hit a white Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Troopers identified the driver of the Dodge Durango, as 36-year-old Michael Dugan, of Wasilla, the driver of the semi-truck as 63-year-old Daniel Morris, of Utah and the driver of the Jeep as 53-year-old Steven Cooper, of Wasilla, and his passenger as 60-year-old Dawn Cooper, of Wasilla.

Dugan and both Coopers were extricated and treated for injuries at a Mat-Su Hospital. Steven Cooper suffered minor injuries, Michael Dugan and Dawn Cooper suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Morris was not injured in the crash.

Traffic was slow moving for several hours and the crash scene was cleared shortly after 8:45 p.m.

Drivers looking for an alternative route were advised to use Pittman and Church and Vine and KGB, but reportedly, those roads also had terrible conditions due to the winter weather.