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Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 1:57 pm | Updated: 10:35 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS—A Nenana woman was killed early Wednesday morning after her vehicle hit a moose south of Nenana.

Alaska State Troopers reported that Ashley Hecox, 19, of Nenana, was driving a 2008 Chevy Cobalt southbound on the Parks Highway when a cow moose crossed the road in front of her.

Hecox struck the moose, which caused her vehicle to cross the center line and collide with the last two axles of a northbound tractor-trailer driven by Robert Schmitt, 46, of Eagle River. The vehicle came to rest on the northbound shoulder of the highway.

A second tractor-trailer driven by Troy Call, 42, of Chugiak, was damaged by debris from the crash. Neither truck driver was injured.

The accident was reported to troopers at about 1:20 a.m.

Troopers closed the road to both southbound and northbound traffic until about 5 a.m., according to a News-Miner reporter who was driving southbound and came upon the accident at about 2 a.m. About 20 cars traveling in each direction were backed up by the time the road was reopened.

Hecox was not wearing a seatbelt. Her next of kin have been notified. Hecox’s body was taken to the state medical examiner in Anchorage and an investigation is ongoing.

Contact staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at 459-7590. Staff writer Sam Friedman contributed to this report.

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