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Alaska State Troopers release name of man killed in Steese Highway crash; 3 others injured


FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers say a man killed in a weekend crash north of Fairbanks was driving the wrong way in lanes of a divided four-lane highway.

Troopers say 51-year-old James Wilder on Friday night was driving south in the northbound lanes of the Steese Highway when he crashed head-on into another vehicle.

The crash occurred near Hagelbarger Road, which crosses the Steese Highway 6.4 miles northeast of Fairbanks.

Troopers say Wilder struck a vehicle driven by 38-year-old Michael Walker of Fairbanks at about 7 p.m.

Walker and two passengers were transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with injuries that troopers describe as non-life-threatening.

Northbound lanes were closed after the crash.

Wilder's body was transported to Anchorage for an autopsy.

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