Talkeetna Resident Emmila Denny Killed in Train/Vehicle Collision OBITUARY - CLICK HERE By John R. Moses ALASKA PIONEER PRESS WILLOW – Talkeetna resident, volunteer radio host and patron of the arts Emmila Denny died at 6:05 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 when an Alaska Railroad Corp. train engine struck her vehicle in an at-grade crossing on Willow Station Road. Talkeetna's KTNA Radio reported her death shortly before 10 p.m., but word of the tragedy had spread in Talkeetna in the hours before. She was 66. Denny had a Tuesday night show called Grandma's Radio Recipes. She was the on-air host the night Susitna Valley Jr./Sr. High burned to the ground. Her show featured an eclectic mix of music, and lots of big band/swing and even some ragtime numbers. She also sponsored an annual arts scholarship that helped many gifted artists and musicians. Troopers responded to a collision between a train and a car at the railroad crossing, near Mile 69 of the Parks Highway and the Willow Trading Post. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at scene. Witnesses said the vehicle was stopped at the crosing when it inexplicably lurched forward and the crossing guard came down upon it. There were about 700 passengers on the train, Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters said. No passengers were injured. Troopers say investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collision is ongoing.