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Story last updated at 12:35 PM on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Trooper injured, but OK, after near head-on crash

An Alaska State Trooper suffered minor injuries in a near head-on crash on Saturday. Trooper John Probst, 54, of the Anchor Point Post, was taken to South Peninsula Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and later released. Probst should be able to return to duty this week, said trooper spokesperson Megan Peters.

According to a trooper press release, at about 4:45 p.m. Jan. 19 Probst drove his 2013 Ford Explorer heading south near Mile 145 Sterling Highway when Anthony Larocca, 46, of Kenai, driving north in a 1995 Dodge pickup truck tried to pass a car in front of him and came into Probst's lane.

Probst tried to avoid Larocca's truck, but the Dodge spun out of control and hit the driver's side of the Ford.

Probst had minor injuries while Larocca and his two passengers did not report any injuries.

All parties involved wore seatbelts.

The crash caused significant damage to the trooper car. Impairment is not believed to be a factor in the crash, the press release said. The Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.