Three men dead, two hurt in Parks Highway crash

Posted: Sunday, July 06, 2008

ANCHORAGE - Three California men died and two Michigan men were critically hurt in a vehicle rollover on Alaska's Parks Highway, state troopers said Saturday.

Troopers identified the dead as 21-year-old William Bradley, 21-year-old Nathan Pollard and 21-year-old Jerry Luzzi. The injured were identified as 20-year-old Matthew Holmes and 19-year-old Christopher Niles.

The hometowns of the five were not immediately available.

Bradley was driving a 2003 Infiniti Friday night when the vehicle rolled several times, ejecting all five men, near mile 131 of the highway, southeast of Denali National Park and Preserve. Earlier that day Bradley, Pollard and Niles were seen eating hamburgers at the West Rib Cafe and Pub, where Bradley and Pollard also had a beer each, according to troopers.

Pollard and Luzzi died at the scene and Bradley died on the way to a hospital, said troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen.

The crash occurred about two miles from the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, troopers said. The five had seasonal jobs there, according to hotel workers.

Ipsen said none of the men were wearing seat belts.

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