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11 reported car accidents Wednesday morning

One injured, extracted with jaws of life

Posted: November 2, 2011 - 1:44pm

There were 11 reported car accidents and one reported injury before noon Wednesday morning as commuters struggled on icy roads after Juneau’s first frost of the season.

“It’s pretty typical the first time that the roads are slippery for this to happen,” Juneau Police Department spokeswoman Cindee Brown-Mills said.

She added “There were no major accidents. They were all small fender benders.”

The one reported injury was a 1990 Toyota 4-Runner that left the roadway and drove into a ditch as it traveled inbound on Glacier Highway.

Responding police and fire crews extracted the driver, Matthew Armstrong, 29, from his vehicle with a Jaws of Life device. He was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries to his arm. He was later cited for careless driving.

A JPD statement said speed and icy road conditions appeared to be a factor in that accident, and urged drivers to slow down on the icy roads.

“Give yourself extra time to get to your destination, put extra distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you, and make sure your windshield and other windows are clear before getting into your car to drive,” it read.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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