Further Details from Troopers on Parks Highway Crash

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - A final update from State Troopers further details a fatal crash on the Parks Highway that claimed four lives and injured four more.

    Every passenger from a crash between a 2017 Dodge Van and a 2007 Ford F150 were either killed, injured, or died later from their injuries. The van had passed a semi truck in a no passing zone, where it collided with the truck in the other lane.

    There were three passengers in the 2007 F150: 23-year-old Collin Koskey, 21-year-old Felicia Koskey, and a 2-year-old boy. The family was from Fort Wainwright. Collin and Felicia were both reported to be injured. The young boy had to be medevaced.

    The five that were in the Dodge Van were all from India, who was reportedly headed to a wildlife sanctuary. Four of the five passengers either died during the impact or later from their injuries. One man is in critical condition at an Anchorage hospital.

    The names of those in that were in the van are Siva Veeramachani (Driver), Dr. Mathukumilla Verra Venkata Satyanarayana Murthi (goes by M.V.V.S Murthi), Pattabhi Ramayya Chowdhary Vantipali, and Basava P. Veluvola. The only survivor of the group is Venkata R. Kadiyala who is in critical condition. Two of the men died while en route to the hospital.

    Alaska officials are working with officials in India in regards to the bodies.

    Troopers also thanked the organizations that coordinated with them in the response. Troopers from Cantwell and Healy,  two Fairbanks Police Department Officers who were returning from Anchorage and stopped to assist with traffic control,  EMS and Fire responded from Talkeetna, Trapper Creek, Willow, Cantwell, and Tri-Valley, plus EMS and LEOs from Denali National Park.

    There were also two female ER nurses from Houston, Texas who had been on vacation. Those two women had been the only medical staff on the scene for 40 minutes. Others that stopped included former EMS volunteers and a DPS civilian employee.

    Troopers have asked that anyone with information on the crash to contact the Fairbanks AST post at 907-451-5100. The investigation continues.

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