2 found dead after vehicle crashes into creek near Big Lake

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An Alaska State Trooper hat. (Alaska Public Media file photo)

A man and a woman were found dead Monday after their vehicle crashed into Meadow Creek near Big Lake, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The crash is believed to have occurred sometime after 4 p.m. Sunday. Troopers said in an online dispatch that they were informed just before noon Monday of a vehicle found upside down in the creek near Beaver Lake Road.

First responders found the bodies of Big Lake resident Michael Reagan, 52, and Fairbanks resident Binta Tabane, 30.

“A preliminary investigation determined that the vehicle was driving at a high rate of speed when it lost control and crashed into the water,” troopers said in the dispatch.

Troopers spokesman Austin McDaniel said in an email Tuesday morning that Reagan had been driving the vehicle, a Hyundai sedan. He said the estimate for when the wreck occurred was based on the time they departed from a residence in the area.

Troopers said Reagan and Tabane’s families had been notified by Monday evening. Both bodies were sent to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Chris Klint is a web producer and breaking news reporter at Alaska Public Media. Reach him at cklint@alaskapublic.org. Read more about Chris here.

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