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AK18050562

Location: Sterling Highway MP 58.7
Type: MVC-Fatal

Dispatch Text:

UPDATE: Alaska State Troopers are working with DOT&PF Commercial Vehicle Enforcement to investigate the fatal incident that occurred in a construction zone. The contracting company working on the Sterling Highway Mile 58-79 Rehabilitation project, Granite Construction, is cooperating with the investigation and halted operations once it became aware that an incident occurred in the construction zone. The vehicle the rock is believed to have come from has been tentatively identified. The investigation is ongoing to determine the totality of the circumstances, to include what, if anything, the suspected vehicle was hauling at the time of the incident. The posted speed limit in the construction zone is 55 miles per hour.

Witnesses or anyone that has information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Soldotna Post of the Alaska State Troopers at 907-262-4453.

AST would like to remind motorists to be cautious as they traverse the Seward and Sterling Highways this weekend. Traffic is expected to be exceedingly heavy due to the Kenai River Dipnet Fishery, the Alaskaman Triathlon and the various construction zones.  Motorists should mind their speed, pay attention to their following distance, drive with headlights on, and obey traffic signs. In addition, there may be sections of the highway where motorists will encounter road construction. Traffic fines are doubled in safety corridors and construction zones. For road construction information, visit 511.Alaska.Gov or www.AlaskaNavigator.org. 

Original Release: On 7/19/2018 at approximately 1323 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report that a rock went thru a windshield and severely injured a person near mile 58.7 of the Sterling Highway. AST responded to the scene. Investigation revealed that a Volkswagen GTI Hatchback, occupied by a driver and four passengers, was traveling northbound when a volleyball-sized rock fell off the back of a rock truck traveling southbound. The rock went through the windshield of the Hatchback and struck the middle backseat passenger. After striking the passenger, the rock bounced out of the Hatchback. Life saving measures were rendered but the passenger succumbed to his injuries on scene. The deceased is identified as Noah Schwebach, 8 of Eagle River. Next of kin was on scene. No one else in the Hatchback was injured. The incident occurred in a construction zone that has many large vehicles moving in and out of the area. The vehicle the rock fell off of has not been positively identified. The body of the deceased has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s officer in Anchorage. Investigation is ongoing.

Posted on 7/19/2018 4:45:53 PM by DPS\mapeters

Posting Section: E Detachment