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Vehicle collision details emerge

Posted: December 7, 2011 - 9:52am

The Sterling Highway was closed briefly Saturday evening due to weather-related incidents.

A series of incidents, all attributed to icy road conditions, caused traffic to slow and stop near Kasilof.

A trooper was assisting a disabled motorist near Mile 104 of the Sterling Highway at about 5:20 p.m. when his patrol vehicle was struck by an approaching mini-van driven by Mary Berger, 60, of Ninilchik. The icy road conditions were considered a factor in the crash, said Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Beth Ipsen.

Berger was not injured, and the trooper was not in his vehicle at the time of the accident. Emergency lights were on, and the trooper was attempting to mark the area with road flares.

In the midst of that incident, another vehicle went into the ditch nearby.
All in all, Ipsen said the highway was reportedly closed for no more than 15 minutes.

The closure was to clear and sand the road.

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shadowmt 12/10/11 - 12:13 am
Rotten Roads

Since it is always the roads fault for being too slick then maybe we should go back to gravel and chains. People need to take responsibility for their actions (driving too fast, not knowing how to tap the breaks, watching out for the other person, using signals long before they turn) and the list goes on. But as long as the troopers and newspapers keep on blaming the roads that will never happen. Just because there is a speed limit does not mean that is how fast you have to drive. Get a clue!!!!!!!!! LEARN HOW TO SLOW DOWN ON SLICK ROADS!

Raoulduke 12/10/11 - 07:54 am

All drivers are responsible for being in control of their vehicle at ALL times.This means drive as conditions dictate.Some say drive like you are using your brains.Speed,driving to close are the main cause of most accidents.

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