CANTWELL — Two men died Sunday when the Super Duty Ford trucks they were driving collided nearly head-on at Mile 186.6, Parks Highway.
Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Beth Ipsen said road and weather conditions contributed to the accident that killed David A. Kincaid, 57, of Palmer and Roy K. Ponder, 57, of Fairbanks. Emergency medical personnel at the scene declared the two deceased, she said.
Troopers responded to the call about 4 p.m. and that portion of the Parks Highway was closed until around 8 p.m. when one lane re-opened, Ipsen said.
Two female passengers in the trucks sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Traveling in Kincaid’s vehicle was his 24-year-old daughter Molly M. Kincaid, who was transported to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer via Trapper Creek ambulance, Ipsen said.
In the other vehicle was Ponder’s wife, Teresa A. Ponder, 55, of Fairbanks, who was transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital via Cantwell ambulance, she said.
Hazardous road conditions slowed the response from ambulance crews responding from Cantwell and Trapper Creek and the nearest trooper who was at Mile 202, Ipsen said.
When emergency crews did arrive, she said they were greeted on scene by an emergency room physician’s assistant, army combat medic and other trained emergency responders who were head back to Fairbanks after attending training in Anchorage last weekend and had begun to size-up the scene and radio in patient information.
“It was just phenomenal the response from people who were willing to stop, get out of their warm cars and help in these kind of conditions,” Ipsen said.
According to troopers’ initial investigation, Ponder was northbound driving a 1.5-ton Ford F450 truck towing a trailer when it collided nearly head-on with the northbound 2.5-ton Ford 550 truck and trailer Kincaid was driving. Ipsen said it was Kincaid’s truck and trailer that had crossed the centerline and led to the collision.
Ipsen said both trucks also were towing loaded trailers, Ponder was towing a trailer with snowmachines and Kincaid’s was towing a trailer with a Ford F150 on it.
Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, Ipsen said. However, driving conditions may have contributed.
“The temperature was 20 to 30 with snow and more snow coming down,” Ipsen said. “As you can imagine, the roads were slick.”
After a weekend of spring snowstorms, a second winter weather advisory began at 8 a.m., Monday and continues through noon, Tuesday. The forecast includes snow accumulation of 8 to 13 inches.
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