Black ice causes three-vehicle crash

Posted: Sunday, November 01, 2009

JUNEAU - At about 7:15 a.m. Friday, a 1999 Ford Ranger lost control on black ice on Egan Drive, resulting in a three-vehicle collision with injuries near the Lemon Creek Bridge.

The Ford Ranger was driving outbound on Egan Drive as a 2008 Subaru and a 1983 Ford commercial panel van were approaching inbound. The 51-year-old driver of the Ranger lost traction on the ice, drove into the median and struck the center guardrail. The Ranger continued across the median and into oncoming traffic. It collided with the left side of the Subaru and then glanced off the rear side of the van.

The driver of the Ranger and the 34-year-old driver of the van were not injured.

The occupants of the Subaru, a 47-year-old driver and 53-year-old passenger, sustained injuries and were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital. The extent of their injuries was unknown.

Police determined black ice and unsafe speed to be factors in the collision. The driver of the Ranger was cited for careless driving.

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