Crash near JDHS shuts down traffic on Egan Drive

A single vehicle car crash on Egan Drive sent the driver of the vehicle to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries and briefly shut down traffic on Saturday afternoon.

The Juneau Police Department said the 26-year-old driver of the 2003 Jeep Cherokee lost control while traveling outbound on Egan. The Jeep barrelled off the roadway, striking the Highland Drive street sign, a guard rail and a light pole in front of Juneau-Douglas High School. The Jeep then traveled back onto the roadway, coming to rest in the left-hand lane on Egan.

“The investigation into this case is continuing,” JPD Sgt. Chris Gifford said in a release. “Both excessive speed and alcohol appeared to factors in this accident.”

The front passenger of the Jeep, who declined to give his name but said he was 23, said he and the driver were students at the University of Alaska Southeast. He had cuts on his face, but was released after being treated on scene.

“He accidently hopped the curb and lost it and then came back over,” he said. “It could been a lot worse if we (hit) traffic or this building,” he said, referring to the high school.

He added since no one else was harmed, “This was not something that you’d like to happen, but best situation.”

No information was immediately available regarding whether anyone had been cited. No estimate of the cost of the damage was immediately available either, but a release from JPD calls the damage “extensive.”

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