Black Ice Causes Three Saturday Roll-Overs in One Hour on Seward Highway

black iceA two-mile section of the Seward Highway was the scene of three roll-overs in a span of less than an hour on Saturday, troopers report.

Beginning at 9:01 am  on Saturday Alaska State troopers would respond to three roll-over accidents caused by black ice on Saturday morning between mile 73 and mile 75.

The first call came in reporting a roll-over of  gold 2004 Toyota Tundra at mile 75 of the highway. The trooper investigation would find that 28-year-old Anchorage resident, Cameron J. Kennedy hit black ice as he was traveling southbound and lost control of his vehicle. He and his passenger entered the southbound ditch and rolled. Neither occupant sustained injuries and reported wearing their seat belts. Aurora Towing responded and towed the disabled vehicle.

Less than an hour later, two more calls went in to the troopers reporting two separate roll-overs at mile 73 of the Seward Highway.[xyz-ihs snippet=”adsense-body-ad”]

Troopers responded to a single roll-over accident and found that 71-year-old Anchor Point resident, James Soplanda Jr was traveling northbound in his gray 2004 Toyota Tundra when he encountered black ice and lost control, crossing the center line and struck a snowbank in the southbound ditch, rolling over. Both occupants of that vehicle reported wearing seat belts and sustained no injuries.

At the same time and at the same approximate location, troopers responded to another roll-over involving a 2000 Subaru Legacy driven by 23-year-old Soldotna resident Abby J. Carlson. She had been traveling northbound on the highway when she encountered black ice, and her and her passenger slid into the ditch and struck a snowbank that caused front-end and undercarriage damage before rolling. As in the earlier incident, both occupants suffered no injuries and reported wearing their seat belts.

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Southside Towing and Recovery responded to the scene and towed both accidents that occurred at mile 73.[xyz-ihs snippet=”Adversal-468×60″]