1 dead in fatal Kenai Spur wreck

One man is dead after a fatal car accident on the Kenai Spur Highway on Monday evening.

Kenai resident Michael Thomas Grisham, 50, was driving a Ford Ranger pickup truck east on the Spur when a 2008 GMC Sierra pickup traveling west crossed over the center line and hit Grisham’s truck on the driver’s side near the highway’s intersection with Beaver Loop Road, according to a release from the Kenai Police Department. Police responded to the wreck just before 6 p.m., and Grisham was taken to Central Peninsula Hospital by the Kenai Fire Department where he was pronounced dead, police wrote in the release.

The driver of the GMC Sierra, 22-year-old Brian Kollm of Soldotna, was medically cleared at the scene of the crash by Kenai Fire Department medics along with a passenger in his vehicle. A passenger who was in Grisham’s pickup was taken to Central Peninsula Hospital by Central Emergency Services but was discharged, officers wrote.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, said Lt. Ben Langham with the Kenai Police Department.

“Initially, the primary cause of the accident is going to be contributed to … road conditions,” Langham said.

Reach Megan Pacer at megan.pacer@peninsulaclarion.com.

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