Glenn Highway crash

A three-vehicle crash near the Eklutna Exit on the Glenn Highway turned the road into a miles-long parking lot for more than five hours Friday. All lanes of travel reopened by 11 p.m., April 3.

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EKLUTNA — Anchorage police have released the names of two people killed in a traffic accident on the Glenn Highway Friday afternoon April 3.

Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Castro said Derek Monk, 38, was behind the wheel of a Dodge Durango “traveling in the right hand lane outbound on the Glenn Highway when he lost control, struck a vehicle in the left lane outbound, crossed over the median, and went into inbound traffic hitting a Santa Fe Hyundai head-on.”

Monk was declared deceased at the scene along with the driver of the Hyundai, Thomas Kobel, 25.

Kobel's wife, U.S. Airman Lindie Kobel, 21, was transported to a local hospital via helicopter with life-threatening injuries, Castro said.

She said Monk’s 15-year-old son was passenger in the vehicle and was transported by ambulance to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The crash occurred around 4:30 p.m., April 3 and remains under investigation, Castro said.

“There were many citizens who provided on-scene medical attention and first aid to the victims, and APD would like to thank them for their assistance,” she said.

The three-vehicle crash turned the Glenn into a miles-long parking lot for more than five hours April 3. All lanes of travel had reopened by 11 p.m.

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EKLUTNA — Two people were killed a three-vehicle crash near the Eklutna Exit on the Glenn Highway Friday afternoon.

Anchorage Police say a third driver also was transported by helicopter to a local hospital. Passengers from two other vehicles also were transported to local hospitals for care, police said.

The head-on crash happened around 4:35 p.m., April 3 in the southbound lanes, which were closed for more than five hours while Anchorage Police and emergency crews worked at the scene.

All lanes of the Glenn were closed for several hours near Eklutna while Anchorage Police Department's Traffic Collision Investigation Unit was processing the wreck.

“We anticipate the lane closures to possibly last a few more hours,” APD posted at 6:48 p.m., Friday.

Outbound lanes of the Glenn Highway reopened around 9 p.m. One lane of inbound traffic re-opened at 10 p.m. and the other was opened for traffic at 11 p.m.

Anchorage Police say a preliminary investigation of the crash determined that a driver in a vehicle traveling in the outbound lanes of the Glenn lost control and crossed into oncoming traffic, and collided head-on with two vehicles in the inbound of the Glenn.

Police say the driver who lost control was declared deceased at the scene along with a second driver struck head-on. The driver of the other car that was struck was transported to the hospital by emergency helicopter for treatment.

Identities of the deceased have not been released pending notification of next of kin.

Passengers from the two vehicles struck also were transported to local hospitals — one in very critical condition was transported by helicopter, according to Anchorage Police, which uses the online service Nixle to distribute information about such emergencies.

The crash remains under investigation, police say.

Contact Heather A. Resz at 352-2268 or heather.resz@frontiersman.com.

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