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1 killed, 14 injured in crash near Anchorage

Posted: August 4, 2011 - 4:50pm  |  Updated: August 12, 2011 - 10:42am

 

ANCHORAGE — One person has been killed and 14 others injured in a three-car collision on the Seward Highway south of Anchorage.

Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters tells The Associated Press that one person has died in the accident, which happened about 1:40 p.m. near Indian, or Mile 100 of the highway.

There are 14 other people injured in the accident, two seriously.

Two cars collided head-on, and then a third vehicle ran into them. Peters says one of the vehicles appears to be a large van, which was full of passengers.

Peters said some onlookers climbed rocks to get a better look, and one person broke a leg after falling off.

She asked others not do the same since there are so many people already in need of medical attention

 

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dabannock
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dabannock 08/04/11 - 08:36 pm
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The destruction continues in the "Death Corridor"

It has been a terrible few weeks on the highway(s); could this have been prevented?

Drivers: Please be responsible and drive defensively. Look for the 'other' guy and get out of the way. Be courteous and respectful of those sharing the road with you.

DoT: Please, please show me that you have a plan to reduce this type of collision; show me that you're actually making necessary improvements such as additional pull-outs, more passing lanes and wider shoulders.

Troopers: Please tell me that increasing fines for violations in the so-called 'Safety Zones' isn't your only idea of safe traffic management. Is success in your job measured by the amount of tickets you write, or the amount of vehicles per mile that travel safely?

Governor: Please tell me that highway safety is a priority for your Administration and that you've directed your Commissioners to produce a comprehensive plan that will keep us safer on the highways

Legislators: When the Governor does provide that comprehensive plan to you, please hold public hearings and debate it fairly. Allow it to be refined and then fund it.

Drivers: I'll say it again - Please be responsible and drive defensively. Look for the 'other' guy and get out of the way. Be courteous and respectful of those sharing the road with you.

jlmh
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jlmh 08/04/11 - 10:36 pm
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What happened?

"Death Corridor" indeed. I wonder what precipitated this one. Did the lanes merge before someone could complete a pass? The fact that it happened near Indian makes me wonder if it was someone pulling out onto the highway while other motorists were initiating a pass. I only suggest this because I've seen it happen before: a person making a right turn out onto the highway will only look for traffic to their left, because they expect the traffic on their right to be in the far lane. But if someone is passing another vehicle on a two-lane highway, they will indeed be traveling in the near lane. So you should always look BOTH ways. Perhaps a driver was safely and legally passing the large passenger van (who frequently travel slower than average traffic, especially if they just pulled out) and someone inadvertently pulled out without looking to their right. Even if everyone was traveling a safe speed, with great visibility, in a passing zone with no immediate oncoming traffic, this situation could easily cause a 3-vehicle collision.

(For example, the car pulling out onto the highway would collide with the one passing the van, and the force would likely thrust them into the far lane. Then the van - which would be very close behind, since it was in the act of being passed - would collide with the wreckage as well.)

s2wheel
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s2wheel 08/04/11 - 11:22 pm
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the anchorage report said the

the anchorage report said the suburban and van had a head on collision and a third car ran into both cars, so who knows what caused the head on or the third car hitting both probly speed.

JOAT
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JOAT 08/05/11 - 12:42 pm
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How's that "safety zone" working for ya?

You know how DOT can stop all of these head-on collisions? Put up a concrete wall down the yellow line and get rid of the concept of passing. Works pretty good on interstate highways down in America. There's no way to have a head-on when the lanes are physically divided in the middle. Tag in a 1-mile passing lane on the right every 5 miles and the problem will be fixed. Well, the roadway problem, not the problem with impatient, bad drivers. But it seems there is no way to fix that one.

alaskagunhunter
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alaskagunhunter 08/06/11 - 09:33 am
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Bad driving habits

It is highly doubtful you can change peoples bad driving habits but we can limit how people can access the beach using city owned roads. Prehaps a draw permit for dipping? As a last resort a peninsula seasonal toll booth, while not popular it will slow people down as much as those commiting suicide.

s2wheel
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s2wheel 08/06/11 - 02:31 pm
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what!!!!!!!!

so what does limiting beach access have to do with this crash? no body was involved with dipnetting, maybe you are on the wrong story.and what would fishing have to do with dumb people on our roads.

BrianW
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BrianW 08/06/11 - 04:39 pm
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The ABC's

In everything there is an antecedent, a behavior, and a consequence. It doesn't matter if we made a 10 lane highway with 4,000 pull outs. People will have a thought process (choice), a behavior will occur (action), and a consequence (outcome) will happen. The problem is, a negative consequence doesn't always happen every time someone makes a poor choice (behavior). Every time a poor behavior happens and there is no negative outcome, people start to normalize that deviation from the expectation. The expectation is people will drive 55 and not pass in certain areas. Think about it. Was there a NEED to pass there? Think again; does it matter to you today that you were an hour late getting home ten years ago? The fact is, you made it home.
Is your impatience worth not getting home safe? Or at all? Is it worth living with the guilt of knowing that your lead foot or disregard for the laws in place to keep you safe caused someone else to get injured or killed?
This is Alaska in the summer time... News flash- there will be a lot of people on the road. If you are in a hurry, it is not every driver on the roads' problem. YOU should have left earlier. But, what's the worst thing that is going to happen if you are late? Lose your job? Miss a flight? Get in trouble with mom and dad for missing curfew? The bottom line is; take your time, don't rush, and live to fish another day.

s2wheel
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s2wheel 08/06/11 - 11:50 pm
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brianW

very good I could not have said that better.

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