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Updated: Crash sends one to Seattle in critical condition

Posted: January 19, 2012 - 12:39am

This article has been updated with the correct location of the accident.

A motor vehicle crash left one person in critical condition Wednesday evening.

Bartlett Regional Hospital spokesman Jim Strader said on Wednesday that the patient was taken to BRH, then later medevaced to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle when his or her condition changed from stable to critical.

Citing privacy laws, Strader was unable to elaborate on the person’s injuries.

Reached by phone Thursday evening, Harborview spokespeople were unable to provide an update on the patient's condition since the patient's name is required for an update. Police have not yet released the patient's name.

Another person involved in the crash that occurred near Mendenhall River Bridge was treated on scene and declined transport, according to a Juneau Police Department release.

Police say a 2006 Toyota Tacoma driven by a 50-year-old man was eastbound on Back Loop Road when the vehicle crossed the center line, colliding with a 1995 Toyota Corolla driven by an 18-year-old man. Both vehicles were totaled and towed from the scene, according to the release.

“The driver of the Tacoma had minor injuries and was released at the scene. The driver of the Corolla was extricated from the vehicle, transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital by ambulance, and later transported from Juneau by air medivac (sic). His status is unknown,” the release stated.

Back Loop Road was closed in both directions at the Mendenhall River Bridge for about one hour.

Investigation into the crash continues.

 

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