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By ANDREW SHEELER
Daily News Staff Writer
Ketchikan police say that excess speed might have been a factor in a fatal, single-car crash on South Tongass Highway Monday night. The accident killed April Arland, 31, and Kiana Seierup, 16, both of Ketchikan. Christine Demmert, 16, and Royce Trout, 14, both of Ketchikan were injured and flown to Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.
Hospital spokeswoman Fiona Brosnan said Tuesday the teens’ conditions were stable "but we’re watching them closely."
Arland was not related to any of the passengers.
Deputy Police Chief Josh Dossett said Arland was driving southbound along the 1500 block of South Tongass Highway when the car she was driving, an older model maroon Subaru Legacy, left the road and crashed into a rock embankment on the inland side of the road. The southbound speed limit for the area is 45 mph. Police determined that the crash ejected Arland and Seierup from the car, killing them both. Police received the emergency call around 9:05 p.m.
The road, which was closed during the investigation, was reopened at approximately 1:30 a.m.
The bodies were flown to the Alaska Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage for autopsies and toxicology reports. Dossett said the toxicology results could take up to six weeks to be reported. In the meantime, he said KPD officers will interview the survivors when they recover to try to learn more about the accident’s cause.