Local Briefs

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2002

Truck takes out pole

JUNEAU - A man is home in good condition today after his vehicle left the road, hit a light pole and came to rest on a bike path.

Police received a report around 5 p.m. Sunday that a 1998 Dodge pickup truck had gone off the road near Egan Drive and Mendenhall Loop Road.

Officers responded to the scene and located the truck with its 29-year-old driver, whose name was not released, along a bike path near Teslin Street, nearly 400 feet from where it left the road.

Evidence at the scene indicated the truck was traveling outbound on Egan when it left the roadway, striking the sheer pins at the base of a light pole near the intersection, causing the pole to fall, said police Capt. Tom Porter. The truck ended up on a nearby bike path, where it traveled another 364 feet before coming to a stop, police said. Porter said no pedestrians were on the path at the time of the accident.

The driver was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital where he was treated for cuts and bruises to his nose and released, said Bartlett Spokeswoman Marijo Toner. Police estimated damage to the truck at $6,000.

Porter said the accident may have been caused by the driver of the truck racing another driver. He said speed more than likely was a factor in the accident. Police said investigation into the accident continues.

Rock-climber rescued

JUNEAU - A Juneau man stranded on a large rock in Mendenhall Lake was rescued by friends Saturday.

The man, 29, whose name was not released, was hiking around 4 p.m. Saturday with a friend near West Glacier Trail. They crossed the frozen lake and the man climbed more than 100 feet up the ice-encrusted rock.

Police Capt. Tom Porter said it was not clear whether the man was exhausted from the climb or had other reasons for not climbing back down, but the man said that he needed assistance.

The man's friend left to phone police who in turn enlisted the help of Juneau Mountain Rescue. While agencies responded, the climber's brother responded with a friend on a four-wheeler.

Before officers could reach the scene, the brother, his friend and the climber's partner pulled the man to safety with a rope. The climber was uninjured.

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