Alaska State Troopers and local law enforcement agencies in Ketchikan arrested a woman on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 in possession of more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of drugs at the Ketchikan International Airport. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Alaska State Troopers and local law enforcement agencies in Ketchikan arrested a woman on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 in possession of more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of drugs at the Ketchikan International Airport. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Semi-truck crash marks fourth major car accident in 10 days

There was another vehicle accident on the Sterling Highway this morning, according to the state Department of Public Safety Public Information Office.

This marks the fourth major car wreck on the central peninsula since July 17.

David Ross, the police chief at the Kenai Police Department, said he’s not sure what exactly is causing all the accidents, but that he wants to implore people to take precautions while driving.

“Slow down, pay attention, eliminate the distractions … don’t drink and drive,” Ross said.

Tuesday morning, the Alaska State Troopers were notified of a head-on collision around Mile 142 on the Sterling Highway, which is just south of Ninilchik, involving a semi-truck and a pickup.

All three individuals involved in the wreck — two in the pickup and one in the semi — were transported to an area hospital. One of the passengers in the pickup was transported by LifeFlight, according to Public Safety.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

The Department of Environmental Conservation also arrived on the scene, because the semi-truck driver was hauling crude oil.

On Sunday a California woman, 60-year-old Nancy Christiansen, was pronounced dead at Central Peninsula Hospital after she crossed the center line on the Sterling Highway and crashed into two cars. Her body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.

New information from Public Safety suggests that neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to be factors in the wreck and that Christiansen was for sure wearing a seatbelt, but the investigation is ongoing.

On July 17, a collision on the Sterling Highway killed three people and caught fire to two vehicles. On that same day an Idaho man, Samuel Helmuth, was killed in a rollover crash in Soldotna.

Ross said statistically, the Kenai Police Department is reporting about the same number of investigated vehicle collisions now as it was in 2019 and 2020.

But, he said, he thinks “the basics hold true:” don’t drive distracted and don’t drive impaired.

Reach reporter Camille Botello at

More in News

Ryan Tunks works at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn OՈara/Peninsula Clarion)
‘The first, first responders’

Dispatchers hope service isn’t lost in political dispute

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, addresses reporters at a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, reported its highest number of new COVID-19 cases, a day after the state’s largest hospital announced it had entered crisis protocol and began rationing care. When many people become ill at the same time, it overwhelms the state’s health care system. "And then we start to see excess mortality where more people dying from other things such as heart attacks and strokes and car accidents and bear maulings or whatever else happens," Zink said. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
Zink: Health care workers face increasing hostility

Health care professionals with the state have borne the brunt of scrutiny… Continue reading

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination drive-thru clinic at Evraz Place in Regina on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Saskatchewan’s only children’s hospital is opening its pediatric intensive care unit to younger adults who have COVID-19 as the province runs out of critical care beds. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor
Weekly vaccine lottery winners announced

The Alaska Chamber of Commerce announced the second week’s lottery winners Thursday,… Continue reading

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
State reports 7 recent COVID-19 deaths

The state Department of Health and Social Services reported another seven recent… Continue reading

Skilak Lake can be seen from Hideout Trail in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on July 5, 2020, in Alaska. (Photograph by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Refuge cancels ‘Fall Fun Day’ due to state of COVID

Peninsula Clarion The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge canceled its weekend “Fall Fun… Continue reading

Ahlberg to take over as OEM manager

Brenda Ahlberg is the new emergency manager for the Kenai Peninsula Borough.… Continue reading

The logo for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is displayed inside the George A. Navarre Borough Admin Building on Thursday, July 22, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Nikiski North Star goes to universal masks

Universal indoor masking for staff and students was instituted at Nikiski North… Continue reading

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Another COVID death, more than 1,200 new cases reported statewide

Statewide, there were 213 COVID-related hospitalizations as of Wednesday.

Candidates for Soldotna City Council attend a forum at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna council candidates discuss city development, COVID response at forum

Jordan Chilson, Erick Hugarte, Dan Nelson and Micah Shields participated in the event.

Most Read