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Update: Four wrecks in Juneau cause injuries, temporary road closures

Posted: December 15, 2011 - 1:44pm  |  Updated: December 15, 2011 - 2:44pm

Police responded to four vehicle accidents in a 30-minute time frame on Thursday afternoon, all caused by snowy, icy conditions, police say.

Some of the accidents happened between 11:55 a.m. and 12:26 p.m. and resulted in passenger injuries, and another shut down a portion of Egan Drive for about an hour, Juneau Police Department spokeswoman Cindee Brown-Mills said.

The first accident was called in at 11:55 a.m. in the Vintage Boulevard area around Safeway, according to Brown-Mills. Two vehicles, a Ford Escape and a Ford model REC, crashed, and one person had injuries. More information would be available later, after police officers submit reports for the day, she said.

At 12:14 p.m., JPD received a call that three vehicles crashed on Egan Drive just past the Vanderbilt Hill Road intersection. Brown Mills says two to three people were injured in the crash. The circumstances surrounding that incident aren’t known at this time, but Brown-Mills said the three vehicles were a 2003 Dodge, a 2000 Dodge Durango and a 2008 Nissan.

Northbound traffic between Channel Vista Drive and Vanderbilt Hill Road was shut down at 12:21 and traffic was rerouted to Glacier Highway. The road was re-opened at 1:30 p.m.

At either 12:17 p.m. or 12:19 p.m., a man reportedly flipped a Ford-350 pick up truck as he was travelling northbound on Egan, according to Brown Mills and JPD community service officer Bob Dilley, who was on the scene. The truck appeared to belong to the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. It rammed into a fence just past the Fred Meyer entrance. Brown-Mills said the driver was 60 years old and that he told responding officers and medics that he was not injured.

The fourth accident was reported at 12:26 p.m., Brown-Mills said. A 40-year-old pedestrian was injured by a Jeep Cherokee on Willoughby Avenue, she said.

Brown-Mills warned drivers to be careful and slow down while driving.

“It seems to be icy, slick out there, so even with four-wheel drive, go slow, be careful,” she said.

This story will be updated throughout the day.

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

• Editor's note: This story has been changed to reflect the correct time of the first accident report.

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