FAIRBANKS — Someone died in a fiery crash near the far end of the Steese Highway on Wednesday night, according to Alaska State Troopers.
At 5:15 p.m., another driver reported coming across the smoldering remains of a pickup truck in a Steese Highway ditch about seven miles from Circle. The remains of a person were found inside the truck.
The truck was a four-door 2003 Dodge Ram 2500, Trooper Sgt. Mike Roberts wrote in an email. Roberts said he’s confident he knows who the person inside the truck was but he needs to wait on a few things before releasing the name.
The trooper investigation concluded a driver lost control of the truck and drove into a ditch on the west side of the highway. Driving into the ditch did minimal damage, but some time after the truck went into the ditch it caught fire.
“The fire destroyed the vehicle and apparently caused the death of the driver,” according to a trooper news release.
The truck was so damaged by the fire that troopers were unable to identify the vehicle’s license plate number or Vehicle Identification Number.
The Steese Highway is a 161-mile highway that connects Fairbanks and the village of Circle. It’s paved with gravel, and is narrow and windy near Circle.
Troopers ask anyone with information about the crash and fire to call 451-5100.
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