Petersburg, Alaska (KINY) - Four Southeast residents have perished in a car crash south of Petersburg this week.
On July 28 at approximately 10 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a request for a welfare check on four subjects that were last known to be headed to the Blind Slough area, south of Petersburg the previous day.
While troopers were responding, they were informed of a vehicle wreck near mile 27 of the Mitkof Hwy. AWT arrived on the scene and confirmed that all four occupants of the vehicle, who were the subjects of the welfare check, were deceased.
Next of kin for three of the occupants have been notified.
Occupants whose next of kin were notified are identified are Ian Martin, 29 of Petersburg, Siguard Decker, 21 of Wrangell, and Helen Decker, 19 of Wrangell. AST also deployed troopers from Juneau to assist with the incident.
Initial investigation shows the vehicle left the roadway at a high rate of speed and impacted multiple trees, which severely damaged the vehicle.
Seatbelts were worn and airbags deployed. Efforts are ongoing to identify next of kin for the fourth occupant.
Alcohol appears to be a factor; however, the investigation is ongoing.