3 dogs owned by Iditarod musher killed in Denali Highway snowmachine crash

This is a news article reporting on a tragic accident involving a dog team and a snowmachine on the Denali Highway in Alaska. The incident resulted in the death of three sled dogs and injuries to several others. The team was owned by longtime Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher Jim Lanier.

Musher Mike Parker, who was running the team back to Cantwell after a race, stated that the collision occurred when the team was struck head-on by a snowmachine that had passed them multiple times over the weekend.

Sadly, two lead dogs and two swing dogs were hit, resulting in the immediate death of one dog and the later death of a second. A third dog died on the way to a vet clinic, while a fourth dog survived with a fractured femur and other injuries.

The article also mentions a previous similar incident involving five-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey, where two dogs were killed and seven others were injured. In this case, the snowmachine driver was cited for negligent driving.

The article ends with a brief author bio, noting that the reporter, Dan Bross, is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

This tragic event highlights the dangers faced by sled dog teams in Alaska and the importance of responsible behavior by all users of the trails.

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