1 Dead In Talkeetna Spur Road Crash

A vehicle crash on Monday morning has claimed the life of Richard Leo, 61, of Trapper Creek.

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At 8:07 am on Monday, Alaska State Troopers and Talkeetna Emergency Services received a call of a vehicle collision near Mile 11 of the Talkeetna Spur Road.

According to Trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen, Richard Leo’s vehicle was traveling southbound on the Spur when he lost control of the vehicle and crossed into the northbound lane, sliding sideways.  A Sunshine Transit shuttle was traveling northbound and hit Leo’s vehicle on the passenger side.  Richard Leo and the four dogs in his vehicle were killed in the collision.  The driver of the Sunshine Transit van is unhurt, according to Troopers, and was carrying no passengers.

David Bryant, Executive Director of the Sunshine Community Health Center, confirmed the incident, and says that Transit services will continue, but adjustments will be made.

He also says that the Clinic staff’s thoughts and prayers are with Richard Leo’s family.

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