Vehicle accident sends 5 to hospital

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Police are investigating the cause of a two-vehicle accident and subsequent fire Monday night that sent five people to the hospital.

Marijo Toner, spokeswoman for Bartlett Regional Hospital, said two of the five patients remain in the hospital today in fair condition while three were sent home Monday in good condition.

None of the victims' names was released.

Witnesses said a 1993 Mitsubishi Eclipse, driven by a man, 19, and carrying a boy, 16, and a man, 28, was speeding on Glacier Highway in the business district near the Juneau Airport around 10:55 p.m. Monday, according to a police press release.

The Eclipse crossed into oncoming traffic, striking a 2001 Toyota 4Runner, driven by a girl, 17, and carrying a man, 20.

After the collision, the engine of the Mitsubishi ignited. A passerby with a fire extinguisher worked to contain the fire until firefighters arrived, said fire Capt. Beth Weldon.

Police and fire officials said two of the three people in the Mitsubishi escaped the vehicle but one had to be extricated with the jaws-of-life device. All three were taken by ambulance to the hospital.

The 19-year-old man sustained chest and neck bruising and remains in the hospital today for evaluation, Toner said. The 28-year-old man sustained a ruptured chest tendon, multiple cuts, a hip injury and remains hospitalized. The 16-year-old boy sustained arm bruising and is home in good condition, Toner said.

The people in the 4Runner also went to the hospital, were treated for minor cuts and bruises and were released Monday, Toner said.

Police said alcohol does not appear to have been a factor, but they are investigating the incident.

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