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AST Seeks Information into Fiery Steese Highway Crash with fatality

Alaska State Troopers report that, thus far, they have not been able to identify the driver of a vehicle found crashed and burned on the Steese Highway on Wednesday.

According to troopers, they received a report of an apparent single vehicle accident at mile 155 of the Steese Highway, after a passerby came upon the smoldering wreckage at 5:15 pm on Wednesday. The caller reported to troopers, that the remains of the driver were still in the burned-out vehicle.

Troopers responded to the scene and opened an investigation into the incident. Their investigation suggested that “the driver of the truck lost control and drove into the ditch at the west side of the highway causing minimal damage.” At some point after the crash, the vehicle caught fire and caused the death of the driver.

Investigators have not been able to identify the driver of the vehicle and also have not been able to positively identify the registration and VIN number of the vehicle.

The State Medical Examiner’s office has taken possession of the remains and will perform an autopsy as well as try to ascertain the identity of the victim.

Troopers are asking the public for information and they are asked to call AST at 451-5100.