8-year-old Eagle River boy killed when rock smashes through windshield on Sterling Highway

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 17:50

An 8-year-old Eagle River boy died Thursday when a rock smashed through the front windshield of the vehicle he was riding in near mile 58.7 of the Sterling Highway on the Kenai Peninsula.

According to the Alaska State Troopers, Noah Schwebach was in the back middle seat of a northbound Volkswagen GTI Hatchback when a “volleyball-sized rock fell off the back of a rock truck” heading in the opposite direction.

Neither the driver or three other passengers in the vehicle were injured, troopers said. Schwebach was declared dead at the scene.

Troopers said the vehicle the rock fell off has not been identified and noted the accident happened in a construction zone with many large vehicles in the area.

An investigation is underway.

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