Morning vehicle rollovers prompt JPD warnings

Posted: Monday, October 25, 2010

Icy conditions and/or alcohol played a role in two Sunday morning single-car accidents, according to a Juneau Police Department information release and department officers want citizens to know that fall weather brings increased rain and icy conditions.

"It's a sign of winter of when the roadways of Juneau start to become deceivingly icy," JPD Sgt. Paul Hatch said. "And as the holiday season is approaching, as well as any other time of the year, we strongly advise against anybody drinking and driving and being behind the wheel."

At approximately 7 a.m. Sunday, JPD received a report of a vehicle rollover on Glacier Highway near the Auke Bay post office where at least one person was injured and while investigating the scene another motor vehicle accident was reported at the 16-mile marker of Glacier Highway in which the vehicle left the roadway and the driver was injured.

Capital City Fire and Rescue responded to both accidents with the JPD.

Investigation into the first vehicle rollover showed that a 1991 Chevy Blazer was traveling inbound on Glacier Highway when the driver lost control on the icy roadway, hit the edge of the ditch, and flipped upside down.

The 24-year-old female driver was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital by CCFR for evaluation of minor injuries.

A two-year old passenger was also taken to Bartlett for minor injuries. The vehicle was totaled and investigations are continuing.

"We don't put names in releases of possible criminal investigations," Hatch said. "Alcohol appears to be a factor in this case. And while that is always sad, this time there was also a small child in the vehicle."

Investigation of the second accident revealed that 23-year old Niccole Young was traveling inbound on Glacier Highway and lost control of her 2003 Jeep SUV. The vehicle crossed the oncoming lane, went over an embankment, and came to rest in the forest. Young was transported by CCFR to Bartlett for evaluation of non-life threatening injuries. The vehicle was heavily damaged.

"She received a basic speed citation," Hatch said. "For exceeding the speed for the hazards that existed at the time. Citizens need to know that if the roads are still wet on the less traveled portions a thin sheet of ice can form and make driving very hazardous."

Contact reporter Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.



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