Man dies in ATV crash near Fairbanks

Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009

FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers say a 32-year-old man died in an all-terrain-vehicle accident at Olnes Pond near Fairbanks.

Nathan James Smith was camping with friends at the popular spot off the Elliott Highway north of Fox on Sunday. He went for a solo ride on his three-wheel ATV about11 p.m.

When he hadn't returned an hour later, a friend went to look for him and discovered the crash scene on the Alyeska access road to the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

Smith was not wearing a helmet. Troopers say speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash.

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