Alaska State Troopers

A man and woman are dead after their car lost traction and collided with an oncoming vehicle Thursday morning, authorities said.

The crash happened around 11:20 a.m. at Mile 353 of the Parks Highway, according to Alaska State Troopers. Jesse Kataiaroak, 55, of Fairbanks, and Donna Tremblay, 44, of Fairbanks, were pronounced dead on scene.

According to a preliminary report, a Ford Mustang driven by Kataiaroak was traveling north on the Parks Highway when its rear wheels lost traction and caused the vehicle to collide with a GMC Yukon traveling south, troopers said.

The crash closed the roadway for a few hours, according to troopers. The investigation is ongoing and no further details were immediately available.

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