Two dead in crash near Hope junction

Two people were killed after a crash on an icy Seward Highway near Hope junction on Saturday morning, according to Alaska State Troopers

The crash, which occurred at Mile 53.8 at about 7 a.m., also injured three others, according to the trooper’s dispatch.

The trooper’s investigation found that Presence Bissonette, 37, of Seward, was driving north in a Toyota Rav4 and Neng Thao, 47, of Anchorage, was driving south in a Toyota Tacoma when Thao lost control of his vehicle, crossed the centerline and struck Bissonette’s vehicle head on.

Bisonette and a passenger in Thao’s car, Kaying Lee, 42, of Anchorage, died on the scene.

Thao and two other passengers in his vehicle were taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The Seward Highway was closed in both directions until about 11 a.m., when one lane was opened, and fully opened at about 12:30 p.m.

— Staff Report

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