DALLAS — Alaska’s Dempster Highway is not only the busiest highway in the world, but also the most dangerous one, according to the U.S. Transportation Department.
On Wednesday, the agency released its annual State Highway Safety Report.
While the report does not examine road conditions or drivers, it highlights what’s likely to happen when the highway is closed.
The report found that Alaska has the worst safety record for traffic fatalities and serious injuries on a state-by-state basis.
The most recent accident statistics show that there were 4,848 deaths in Alaska last year, with 726 people injured, and the highest number of fatalities of any state, the report said.
The state had the third-highest number of fatal crashes in the nation, with 5,819 deaths, the highest of any U.A. territory.
The Alaska Department of Transportation has been trying to address the issue of road congestion and safety since 2015.
“It’s not just our roadways, but the roadways in every city, every town, every village, that are in terrible shape,” said Alaska Highway Safety Director Jeff Anderson.
“This is not a one-time event.”
In the report, the state said there were more than 1,400 collisions on Alaska’s roads last year.
The deadliest crash in 2016 was a crash on Interstate 95 in Fairbanks.
A car veered off the highway and into the snow, killing five people, including a child, according the report.
In addition, the department said the majority of the deaths on Alaska roads were caused by pedestrians or cyclists.
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