Girdwood, AK Head On Collision, Mar 1992
4 PEOPLE KILLED IN HEAD-ON CRASH ON SEWARD HIGHWAY.
Anchorage (AP) - Four people were killed Saturday - three of them from the same Anchorage family - in a head-on crash on the Seward Highway.
The crash occurred about a mile north of the Alyeska turnoff near Girdwood and closed the highway for more than two hours while the Alaska State Troopers investigated its cause.
"The investigation is still taking place, and there are a lot of questions that are unanswered," Trooper Michael Opalka said.
A 1982 Ford Thunderbird heading north crossed the center line at Mile 92 and slammed into a 1-ton, Ford pickup traveling south. The accident occurred at 8 a.m.
The Thunderbird's driver and his three passengers died before paramedics arrived.
"In order to get the bodies out, they had to cut the car apart," Girdwood Fire Chief Judith Kuleta said.
Opalka said the front end of the Thunderbird "totally collapsed." Investigators don't know how fast the driver was going.
Killed were the Thunderbird's driver, 16-year-old EDUARDO TREMAINE HARRIS; 28-year-old CHRISTINE FLEEK; her 25-year-old brother, DONALD; and their 15-year-old sister, ANDREA. The car belonged to DONALD FLEEK.
ROBERTA BROUSSARD, husband ROY and their friends GAYE and THOMAS MATULA were riding in the supercab pickup Saturday morning on their way to Homer to watch a woman feed bald eagles on the Spit.
Suddenly, the Thunderbird appeared in their lane on a fairly straight section of the highway, troopers said. They aren't sure why the sedan crossed into the lane.
ROY BROUSSARD was driving with his cruise control set on 55 mph, his wife said. He swerved right to avoid the car, but it was too late.
"He was coming toward us. It was horrible. The whole thing was horrible," ROBERTA BROUSSARD said. "We just couldn't figure out why they were coming at us on our side of the road."
She said that when her husband veered right, the Thunderbird followed.
"I don't feel that driver was looking toward us," BROUSSARD said. "We thought maybe he was looking behind him or sleeping."
ROY BROUSSARD and THOMAS MATULA were knocked unconscious.
Daily Sitka Sentinel Alaska 1992-03-16