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Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2012 6:40 pm | Updated: 5:03 pm, Fri Oct 12, 2012.

SUTTON — A 40-year-old Palmer man is believed to have died Friday evening after his truck rode a guardrail along the Glenn Highway then tumbled down an embankment, Alaska State Troopers report.

The body of Benjamin Loyer was discovered about 5:30 p.m., Saturday by two people who were out on a walk in the area near the highway at Moose Creek on the Matanuska River side of the bridge, AST spokeswoman Elizabeth Ipsen said.

“They were walking in a field, saw something and checked it out,” Ipsen said. “They discovered it was a truck.”

About 100 feet from the wrecked pickup was Loyer’s body, she said. Although it wasn’t immediately clear just when the accident happened, Ipsen said it appears the wreckage and body had been there for nearly a day.

“As far as we can tell, it’s been there quite awhile,” she said. “We’re thinking it happened sometime last night (Friday), maybe about 8:30.”

Initial investigation at the scene Saturday shows Loyer was driving a 2004 Chevy pickup northbound on the Glenn Highway at a high rate of speed when the truck collided with the guardrail, Ipsen said. It skidded along the guardrail, then tumbled down a steep embankment. It cut through a swath of trees and came to rest at the edge of a hayfield.

Loyer, who AST believes was the driver and only occupant of the vehicle, was ejected, she said.

Troopers believe speed was a factor in the crash “because it skidded along the guardrail quite a ways,” Ipsen said. “That makes us believe he was going quite fast and speed was a factor.”

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  • PainintheButte posted at 5:44 am on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    PainintheButte Posts: 178

    No, truthBtold...not even if you bring it up twice[sad]

  • truthBtold posted at 1:51 pm on Mon, Oct 8, 2012.

    truthBtold Posts: 148

    You are both correct in that my concerns were not expressed appropriately. I also send condolences to the family. I am, though, concerned that the Glenn Highway, as it currently exists, can not safely handle all the increased truck traffic. But as you kindly pointed out, not the best place to bring that up.

  • AlaskaGirl21 posted at 9:01 pm on Sun, Oct 7, 2012.

    AlaskaGirl21 Posts: 1

    I agree with Alaska Grown, was the comment about the coal trucks really necessary? All of my condolences to the Loyer family.

  • Alaska Grown posted at 5:18 pm on Sun, Oct 7, 2012.

    Alaska Grown Posts: 35

    That has nothing to do with the pain teh family is going through. Your post is uncalled for. My condolences to the Loyer family.

  • truthBtold posted at 7:50 pm on Sat, Oct 6, 2012.

    truthBtold Posts: 148

    This is exactly why all the residents of the Matanuska Valley are concerned about sharing the Glenn Highway, especially that section of it, with hundreds of coal trucks a day. It is already a dangerous road, and doesn't need giant coal trucks all it a hurry to deposit their load adding to it.