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Two injured when pickup slid off road

Posted: January 11, 2012 - 1:03am

Police say two North Douglas residents sustained minor injuries after a single-vehicle accident in the 4400 block of North Douglas Tuesday afternoon.

The icy, slick road was likely the cause of the crash, according to Juneau Police Department Sgt. David Wrightson. The crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. when snow was falling, and the roads began icing over.

“I think they just slid off the road and the vehicle turned onto its side in a ditch,” Wrightson said by phone Tuesday evening.

Wrightson said the 85-year-old male driver and 75-year-old female passenger were the only two occupants at the time of the crash, and that the driver had lost control of the 1999 Ford-350 pickup truck just before a slight bend in the road. The vehicle was totalled, and the two were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

“There were minor injuries,” Wrightson said, declining to elaborate. He added, “I spoke to their son ... and he thought that they were going to walk out of the hospital this evening.”

Both were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Police refused to release the names of the two involved with the crash.

There were at least two other reported motor vehicle incidents on Tuesday, Wrightson said, including a two-vehicle accident on Gastineau Avenue in the afternoon. No other injuries were reported.

Snowfall is expected to continue throughout Tuesday evening with accumulation somewhere between two to five inches, according to a report from the National Weather Service’s Juneau Forecast Office. Visibility is expected to be reduced during the night to less than one mile at times due to blowing snow.

On Wednesday, snow is expected to mix with rain in the afternoon, with one to four inches of accumulation.

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

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