A 35-year-old Fairbanks man died Monday of injuries sustained in a single-vehicle accident on the Johansen Expressway earlier in the day, according to Fairbanks police.
The victim, identified by police as Adam Bradley Toenies, was ejected from the vehicle he was driving and died later at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
According to police, the vehicle went off the eastbound Johansen into the ditch on the south side of the highway. Toenies lost control of the vehicle, which appeared to be a mid-size SUV, while trying to negotiate back onto the road.
The vehicle rolled during the accident and came to rest in the middle of the highway, causing authorities to close the highway at Danby Road while rescue crews were at the scene.
Emergency crews responded to the accident just before 9:30 a.m.
A Police Department news release stated that the initial investigation revealed Toenies was not wearing a seatbelt.
The accident was the second fatal accident since Saturday, when one person died when two trucks collided in a construction zone on the Elliott Highway.
Alaska State Troopers, who were notified of the accident at 2:41 p.m. Saturday, reported the accident occurred in an active construction zone at Mile 6 of the highway. Both vehicles involved were working on the highway construction project.
The driver of a 2009 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup lost control of the vehicle when it started fishtailing while going uphill. The truck crossed over the centerline and collided with a 1975 Peterbilt dump truck heading in the opposite direction. The Peterbilt struck the Dodge and both vehicles slid into the northbound ditch.
The pickup driver, whose name has not yet been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Snow was reported falling in the area at the time, and roads were slick.
Other accidents were reported over the weekend on the Richardson Highway and again on the Johansen Expressway.
Fairbanks police caution motorists to slow down because roads have icy patches.
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