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2 dead, 3 injured in vehicle accident on Parks Highway

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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 4:46 pm | Updated: 12:07 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Updated 9 a.m. Saturday

FAIRBANKS - Two people died and three were taken to the hospital Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash about 23 miles south of Fairbanks on the Parks Highway, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

The wreck was reported about 3:27 p.m.

The crash site is at 337 Mile, between Fairbanks and Nenana. A 2008 Nissan Altima driven by Shawn Dugan, 25, of Fort Wainwright and Homestead, Iowa, headed southbound on the Parks Highway lost control at the bottom of a hill, troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said. When the car began fishtailing, the driver overcorrected and the car crossed the center line, Ipsen said.

The Altima missed hitting one vehicle, but slid in front of a 2009 Chevy Avalanche, driven by Rhonda Coghill, 49, of Nenana, Ipsen said.

Dugan, the driver of the Nissan and passenger Sandy Graetzsch, 33, of Fairbanks, were pronounced dead at the scene, Ipsen said. Coghill and the passengers in her car, daughter Ladonna Coghill, 28, and granddaughter Arianna Coghill, 5, were transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Winter conditions are considered a factor in the crash, Ipsen said.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman. Follow him on Twitter, @FDNMcrime.

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