State Briefs

Posted: Monday, July 23, 2001

Teen-ager crushed by parade truck

FAIRBANKS - A teen-ager died during Fairbanks' Golden Days Parade when he was crushed by a semi-truck pulling a float.

David Lee Truex, 15, a North Pole High School athlete, had been walking beside the Silver Spur Dancers float handing out fliers throughout Saturday's parade. At one point, he jumped onto a step between the truck's cab and trailer to rest.

When he tried to get down, he tripped and fell underneath the truck tire, according to a dancer who saw the accident. Truex died instantly, police detective Tara Tippett said.

The parade was celebrating the 50th year of Golden Days, an annual summer celebration commemorating Fairbanks' founding as a gold rush town in 1902.

Emergency vehicles were on the scene in two minutes and a nurse from the parade crowd tried to help Truex while rescue crews were on the way, he said.

No charges are expected to be filed against the truck's driver. Another driver said the trucks were traveling at 2 miles per hour.

Anchorage has wettest July on record

ANCHORAGE - Alaska's largest city set a record for rain in the month of July as of 10 a.m. Sunday.

The National Weather Service had recorded 4.5 inches of precipitation since the beginning of the month, sloshing past the previous record of 4.44 inches set in 1958.

"We've only had a trace since then, but we still have nine days left in the month," meteorological technician Elliot Frazier said Sunday afternoon. The rain began the night before the Fourth of July and didn't stop for four days, dumping 2.77 inches on the city.

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