ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers have identified the drivers involved in a fatal three-vehicle wreck near Sutton Wednesday afternoon that temporarily closed the Glenn Highway, as crash victims seek two pets that ran away after the crash.
AST spokesperson Megan Peters said the crash occurred around 1 p.m. at Mile 64.5 of the Glenn.
Troopers say 34-year-old Michael Jenkins, of Sutton, died as a result of the crash when he was traveling south toward Palmer in a Mercury passenger car that crossed the center line, immediately striking one vehicle and then another that tried to avoid the collision.
41-year-old Lee Weikert, of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, was driving a GMC pick-up truck northbound on the Glenn and was identified as the vehicle that Jenkins struck.
Troopers say 32-year-old Jeremiah Bass, of Sutton, was traveling behind Weikert in a Chevrolet van and tried to avoid the crash by moving into the southbound lane and collided with Jenkins driver’s door and pushed the car to the side of the roadway where both vehicles came to a stop on the shoulder of the southbound lane.
Weikert was taken to Mat-Su Regional Hospital for minor injuries, and Bass was treated on scene and released.