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A 7-year-old girl was to be medevaced to a Seattle hospital, among 12 people treated for injuries Saturday night after two vehicles slid off Egan Drive, one of which struck bystanders.
Twelve people were taken by ambulance to Bartlett Regional Hospital between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., said Capital City Fire and Rescue officials. Six had been treated and released by 8:15 p.m., a hospital spokeswoman said.
The roads were terrible. They were icy. It was basically a glazed roadbed.
-- Greg Trigg, Capital City Fire and Rescue
The conditions of the remaining six weren't available by the Empire's evening press time, but the nursing supervisor said a girl, 7, had multiple injuries and would be flown to a Seattle hospital.
Police said the chain of circumstances began when a Bronco with four occupants slid into a ditch next to the outbound lane of Egan Drive near Sunny Point and rolled over. A 7-year-old girl was ejected from the Bronco, said Sgt. Jerry Nankervis.
Two vehicles pulled over to the side of the road, and the occupants went into the ditch to help, Nankervis said. Then a driver of a Subaru lost control, and the car slid into the ditch and struck the people who were helping the victims of the Bronco rollover, he said.
Police and hospital authorities could not immediately provide the sex and age of the victims. Police were still investigating the accidents and hadn't cited or charged anyone by Saturday evening.
The Sunny Point accidents were among about six that happened citywide in a short period after temperatures dropped, glazing wet roads with ice, which was covered by lightly falling snow, police said. There were no injuries in the other accidents.
"The roads were terrible," said Greg Trigg, acting captain for the Glacier Station of Capital City Fire and Rescue. "They were icy. It was basically a glazed roadbed."
The Sunny Point accidents tied up all four of the city's ambulances, but they weren't needed elsewhere at the time, Trigg said.
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