Wrong-way driver causes Glacier Hwy. accident

Posted: Thursday, August 01, 2002

Police said they are investigating whether a man who drove his truck the wrong way on Glacier Highway today, causing a two-vehicle accident, had been drinking.

According to police, the 23-year-old man, whose name is not being released pending possible charges, drove a 1980 Toyota truck into oncoming traffic around 1:24 a.m. today near Glacier Highway and Auke Lake.

The truck struck the left front tire of a 1996 Kenworth truck, whose driver had attempted to stop and then swerve out of the way to avoid hitting the Toyota.

Once the Toyota hit the Kenworth truck, the Toyota was "totaled and undriveable," police said.

The Toyota driver was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released. The Kenworth driver was uninjured and his vehicle sustained no noticeable damage, police said.

Police said while officers were at the scene investigating the accident they received a report of a hit-and-run vehicle accident, shortly before, at the Bay View Apartments on Glacier Highway, which involved what appeared to be the same Toyota.

Police said they will obtain a search warrant to get the Toyota driver's medical records from Bartlett in order to get his blood alcohol level.

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