Pedestrian injured on Douglas Bridge

Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2001

JUNEAU - A pedestrian-vehicle accident on the Douglas side of the Douglas Bridge on Monday resulted in minor injuries and a significant traffic snarl.

Capital City Fire & Rescue was alerted to the accident at 4:58 p.m. Monday.

"The first report was that an unconscious man was in the ditch for unknown reasons," said Daniel Rauschenstein, a Douglas firefighter. "Then we found out that he had been hit by a vehicle."

Police also responded after receiving several 911 calls from drivers with cell phones. According to Juneau Police Sgt. Ben Coronell, the incident occurred when a 1995 Jeep Cherokee merged from a stop sign on North Douglas Highway and a man, 29, tried to cross the road at the same time. Coronell said the driver was not cited because it appeared the man walked in front of the vehicle.

When firefighters arrived, the man was alert, sitting up in the roadway; he stated his right leg hurt. Emergency medical technicians wanted to rule out a femur fracture and back injuries, firefighters said. EMTs took him to Bartlett Regional Hospital. The man was treated for facial lacerations and a contusion of the right thigh and released, said Marijo Toner, Bartlett's regional affairs coordinator.

Capt. Tom Porter of JPD said this morning that although no citations had been issued, investigation was continuing. Following the incident, the bridge was closed for 15 to 20 minutes, and then commuter traffic remained backed up for an additional 15 minutes, Rauschenstein said.

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