Carcross man killed on Alaska Highway after metal gadget flies off truck

RCMP Cpl. Geoffrey Peters said a piece of metal used for tightening straps on the truck hit the windshield of Ken Baker's car as he was travelling in the opposite direction.

Ken Baker, 58, was well known, partly for his role with the Tagish Nation Dancers

Ken Baker, forefront, is well known in the territory, partly for his participation in the Tagish Nation Dancers. (HPJ Photography/Carcross-Tagish First Nation)

A prominent member of the Carcross-Tagish First Nation was killed on the Alaska Highway Sunday when a piece of metal flew off a passing freight truck into the windshield of his car.

Family members told CBC News the man is 58-year-old Ken Baker, who is well known in the territory, partly for his participation with the Tagish Nation Dancers.

Teslin RCMP Cpl. Geoffrey Peters said the crash occurred between Jakes Corner and Squanga Lake shortly before 5 p.m. as the two vehicles passed each other.

"The transport truck was travelling eastbound, the car was travelling westbound," said Peters.

"And when they passed, this piece came loose and went through the windshield of the vehicle."

The stretch of Alaska Highway between Squanga Lake and Jakes Corner where the fatal incident occurred. (RCMP)

Peters said the piece of metal from the truck appeared to be a ratcheting mechanism used to tighten and secure straps on the load.

He said the truck driver didn't stop and may not be aware of what happened.

Baker died at the scene.

A 65-year-old male passenger in the vehicle was taken to the Whitehorse Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Cpl. Peters said the police want to find the truck driver and are asking members of the public to come forward if they have information.