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Accidents hamper holiday travel


Edgar Blatchford | The Seward Phoenix LOG

Alaska State Troopers conduct their investigation of a collision between a motorcylist and a trooper at Mile 91 Seward Highway Friday evening.

Several accidents closed the busy Seward Highway during the Independence Day holiday weekend.

A motorcyclist died Friday night after colliding with an Alaska State Trooper's vehicle. Michael J. Kemper, 58 of Anchorage, was speeding while heading south at Mile 93 of the Seward Highway at about 7 p.m., according to the trooper dispatch. Trooper Jeffrey F. Simpson witnessed the speeding.

Kemper failed to yield to the trooper, and drove on the shoulder between the guardrail and southbound traffic, according to the trooper report. At about Mile 91.5 the motorcycle collided with the back of a Suburban which had pulled over to yield to the trooper. The collision threw the motorcyclist into the southbound lane and into the path of the trooper's Taurus, according to the trooper report. The Taurus struck the motorcyclist, according to the trooper report.

Kemper was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, according to the trooper report.

The Seward Highway was promptly closed and remained closed until 1 a.m. Saturday morning.

Holiday traffic to the Kenai Peninsula backed up almost 30 miles, and many travellers turned around and headed back to Anchorage.

Plane lands on highway

Edgar Blatchford | The Seward Phoenix LOG

Traffic headed to the Kenai Peninsula for the Independence Day holiday was backed up nearly 30 miles.

On Saturday about 7:45 p.m. a small plane made an emergency landing on the Seward Highway at Potter Marsh. The Cessna 182A was having fuel issues according to an Alaska Dispatch News story. A family of three was aboard the plane and no one was injured. The highway was closed only for a brief time.

Another accident closes highway

Shortly after the plane landed on the highway, a pickup hauling a boat and trailer drove off the road at Mile 89.5 while headed south, according to a trooper dispatch. At almost 8 p.m., Dana Lynn Dobson, 66 of Wasilla, was driving south when his Dodge pickup towing a boat and trailer left the highway and went into a swamp. Dobson was wearing a seat belt and was treated by EMS on the scene for a medical problem, according to the trooper dispatch.

The highway was closed sporadically for about two hours when the vehicle and boat were towed from the ditch.


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