Central Emergency Services and Alaska State Troopers responded Monday morning to a two-vehicle rollover and vehicle fire on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The accident diverted traffic onto Frontage Road for one hour.
At approximately 9:30 a.m. a report was received of the accident. CES Captain Lesley Quelland and crew responded to find two pickups on their side.
According to Quelland a semi-truck pulling a low boy was heading toward Kenai. A full-sized pickup pulling another full-sized pickup was traveling behind the semi. Both vehicles were driving the speed limit.
The semi began to turn right off K-Beach Road on to Frontage Road when the full-size pickup rear-ended the low boy, with the impact of the collision causing both pickups to roll, landing on their side in the middle of the road, facing the opposite direction they were traveling.
“They were facing back toward Soldotna,” Quelland said.
Initially fire was reported to have been coming from the engine. Quelland said no flames were visible when CES arrived on scene, just grey smoke. First responders extinguished the smoke with a water extinguisher.
The male driver of the pickup was able, with CES assistance, to crawl from the truck. CES administered C-spine precautions prior to the arrival of the ambulance. He was treated for injuries at the scene and transported to Central Peninsula Hospital.
The semi driver sustained no injuries.
AST Public Information Officer Megan Peters said no citations have been issued or charges filed at this time. The investigation into the collision is ongoing.
Quelland said because of the increased traffic on the highways of the Kenai Peninsula, she urges drivers to have heightened awareness while driving.
“Please pay attention,” she said. “More so than usual.”