Delta Junction man killed in wreck near Fort Greely

A Delta Junction man was killed Sunday in a wreck near Fort Greely when his SUV slammed into the back of a slow-moving Army Humvee on the Richardson Highway, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers identified the victim as 45-year-old Adam Rushing.

11th Airborne Division spokesperson Capt. Molly Treece said two soldiers in the Humvee also were injured.

“One was taken back to Fort Greely, was treated and released — nothing major,” she said. “The other one was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, but has been released as well.”

Treese said both soldiers are assigned to the First Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, out of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage. 

She said the Humvee was being driven slowly to Fort Greely for repairs when it was rear-ended by Rushing’s Chevy Suburban at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, about a mile south of the main gate.

A trooper dispatch says the Suburban was traveling at high speed, and that Rushing wasn’t wearing a seat belt. He was declared dead at the scene.

An 11th Airborne statement released Monday said the Humvee’s hazard lights were flashing and that it was accompanied by another vehicle headed back to Fort Greely from the Donnelly Training Area, where a large training exercise is being conducted.

Troopers say the highway was closed for about four hours after the wreck.

Both troopers and the Army are separately investigating the fatal wreck.

Tim Ellis is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

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