Soldotna Man Killed In East End Road Accident

Aaron Selbig
A large tank carrying drilling mud separated from the truck during the crash.
Aaron Selbig photo

     The driver of a commercial vehicle was killed Wednesday morning in an accident east of Homer.

     Alaska State Troopers report the driver of the truck was 29-year-old Soldotna resident Trevor Cunningham. Cunningham was ejected from his truck when it went off the road at about Mile 9.5, near Walter Street, at about 10:25 a.m. No other vehicles were involved in the accident and the cause is not known at this time. Cunningham was taken to South Peninsula Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

     At the accident site, skid marks could be seen along East End Road, heading down an embankment and into a grassy area on the south side of the road. The chassis of the truck travelled about thirty yards and came to rest near a residence. A large tank became separated from the vehicle during the accident and came to rest between the truck chassis and the road.

     Cunningham’s vehicle was hauling drilling mud, some of which was spilled. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has been notified and the accident is under investigation. Kachemak Emergency Services responded and set out booms as a precaution.