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Man injured in Mile 23 car crash

Posted: April 20, 2012 - 12:10am

Police say a 34-year-old local man was injured in a car crash early Thursday morning near the 23 mile of Glacier Highway.

Police said in a release they responded to the single vehicle wreck at about 7:20 a.m. and found Nicholas Long trapped inside his 1996 Ford Explorer.

Long was extricated from his vehicle by members of the fire department and was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries, the release states.

The extent of his injuries was unknown, but BRH spokesman Jim Strader said Long was treated and released the same day.

A police investigation found that Long, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was driving inbound on Glacier Highway at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle, the release states.

Police said he drove off the right side of the roadway, over-corrected, then drove across the road into oncoming traffic and off the opposite side of the roadway. His vehicle began rolling along the ditch.

Police said alcohol appeared to be a factor in the crash, and the investigation is ongoing. Police were not available to comment Thursday afternoon on whether any citations were issued, or if charges were pending.

The crash shut down Glacier Highway to vehicular traffic for about 45 minutes.

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