Two Snowmachiners Die In Moose Collision

File photo by Bixler McClure

A tragic accident in the village of Aniak (Western Alaska, near Bethel) claimed the lives of a man and his son, whose snowmachine collided with a moose. that Alaska State Troopers say was alcohol-related  From the Anchorage Daily News:

Two people were found dead early Saturday in Aniak after their snowmachine collided with a moose, according to a report from Alaska State Troopers.

The bodies of Charles Lang Jr., 28, and Kayden Morgan, 16, were found near the village basketball courts off of Airport Boulevard at about 7 a.m., troopers said.

The collision appeared to have happened on the road and caused both to be thrown off the snowmachine, troopers said. The moose was found in nearby woods and was dead, troopers said.

Here’s the official Alaska State Troopers dispatch:


Location: Aniak
Type: Motor Vehicle Collision. fatal x2

Dispatch Text:

On 1-20-18 around 0700 hours, the Alaska State Troopers received a report of two deceased people near the basketball courts off of Airport Boulevard in Aniak. Aniak based troopers were contacted and responded to the scene with the Aniak Physician’s Assistant (P.A.) and Health Aide. 

Investigation revealed the two deceased persons to be Charles Lang Jr., 28 years old of Aniak, and Kayden Morgan, 16 years old Aniak. Preliminary investigations showed Charles and Kayden were riding on a snow machine when a moose came onto the road and they collided with the moose. The collision caused Charles and Kayden to be thrown from the snow machine where they were passed away. The moose was located in the wood line near the impact area and was deceased.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor. Next of kin of both deceased persons were notified. State Medical Examiner was notified as well. Investigation continues.

Condolences to the victims’ loved ones.