Rollover injures 2 teens

Both airlifted out for medical care

Posted: Friday, August 03, 2001

Two Juneau youths were airlifted out of town last night after the vehicle they were traveling in rolled over near 21 Mile on Glacier Highway.

The girl, 17, and man, 18, were in critical condition when they were airlifted, said Marijo Toner, regional affairs coordinator at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Authorities did not release their names.

The girl suffered a neck fracture and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she is in satisfactory condition as of this morning. The boy, who sustained trauma to the skull, was taken to the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. His parents requested that no information about his condition be released.

The driver of the vehicle, whom police identified as Cameron Harris, 24, was taken to Bartlett hospital, where he was treated for a fractured collar bone and released in stable condition at 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Juneau Police Capt. Tom Porter said the final cause of the accident is not known. Preliminary information in the police report indicates that the 1988 Ford Bronco II rolled over at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon when Harris swerved to avoid a vehicle attempting to make a left turn onto Cohen Drive.

When police officers and personnel from Capital City Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene at about 3:45 p.m., they found that both passengers had been ejected from the vehicle. It is not known if they were wearing seatbelts, Porter said.

Genevieve Gagne-Hawes can be reached at geneviev@juneauempire.com.



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