1 hurt in 4-vehicle crash

Members of Soldotna Y Towing Inc. prepare a vehicle to be taken away from the scene of a four-vehicle accident on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 on the David Douthit Veterans Memorial Bridge in Soldotna, Alaska. One person was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

Update 7:30 p.m.

The accident on the David Douthit Veterans Memorial Bridge in Soldotna on Wednesday involved four vehicles, according to Soldotna Police Chief Peter Mlynarik.

The crash occurred when a vehicle pulled out onto the Sterling Highway heading south and did not yield to a car coming behind it, Mlynarik said. That vehicle tried to drive around the first one, and the two hit each other, he said. This sent the second vehicle into the center lane where it hit a third vehicle that was waiting to turn, which was pushed into the northbound lane, where it was hit by a fourth vehicle.

All of the vehicles except for the one that had pulled onto the highway had to be towed from the scene, Mlynarik said.

The bridge was cleared by shortly after noon, he said.

Original story:

One person was injured in a three-vehicle accident on the David Douthit Veterans Memorial Bridge in Soldotna on Wednesday.

First responders from Central Emergency Services were called to the crash at 11:12 a.m., said CES Captain Terry Bookey. They took one person to Central Peninsula Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, he said.

Traffic was reduced to one lane on the bridge heading into town and Soldotna Police Department officers were on scene at noon Wednesday. At least one vehicle had to be towed from the bridge.

This story will be updated with additional details as they become available.

Reach Megan Pacer at megan.pacer@peninsulaclarion.com.


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