- Associated Press - Friday, July 20, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on the death of an Alaska boy struck by a rock that fell from a truck (all times local):

4 p.m.

An Alaska contractor has halted reconstruction work on a highway where a rock fell from a truck and killed a boy riding in a car.

Alaska State Troopers say Granite Construction is cooperating with their investigation into the death Thursday on the Sterling Highway.

Eight-year-old Noah Schwebach of Eagle River died when a volleyball-size rock fell from a truck.



The rock crashed through the windshield of a hatchback car and struck the boy as he sat in the middle of the back seat.

Troopers have tentatively identified the truck, but they have not released the name of the operator.

Troopers say their investigation is aimed at determining the circumstances of the incident and what the truck was hauling.

The posted speed limit in the 21-mile (34-kilometer) construction zone is 55 mph.

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2 p.m.

Alaska State Troopers say they have identified the truck from which a rock fell and hit a car, killing a child inside.

Troopers’ spokeswoman Megan Peters says investigators tentatively identified the vehicle and driver but that they would not speculate on the outcome of the case.

An 8-year-old boy, Noah Schwebach of Eagle River, died Thursday afternoon when a volleyball-size rock fell from the truck.

The rock crashed through the windshield of a hatchback car and struck the boy as he sat in the middle of the back seat.

A driver and three other passengers also were in the car on the Sterling Highway.

The car was in a construction zone where large vehicles were traveling.

The state medical examiner will conduct an autopsy.

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