ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers have identified the man who was killed in the three-vehicle collision Thursday afternoon on the Seward Highway near Indian that also injured 16 others. Jason Small of Girdwood, 39, was entrapped in his vehicle and died on the scene.
Troopers responded at about 1:42 p.m. Thursday to Mile 104.2 of the highway, where a Ford passenger van headed north driven by 72-year-old Lewis Hayes of Anchorage crossed the center line and struck nearly head-on a Ford F-150 pickup driven by Small. The van continued north in the southbound lane, also hitting head-on a Chevrolet Suburban SUV driven by 43-year-old Dorota Balaban of Anchorage.
According to troopers, the three vehicles contained a total of 17 people, including eight each in the Ford van and Suburban. Small, who lived and worked in Girdwood while his family lived out-of-state, was the only occupant of the F-150.
A church group was in the van being driven by Hayes, one of the pastors at Muldoon Road Baptist Church, while the Suburban was loaded with a family, friends and kids.