Accident traps passenger, blocks Kenai intersection

Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2005

According to Kenai police, Amanda Westerfield of Kenai, driving a 1988 Jeep Cherokee eastbound on the Kenai Spur Highway, pulled into the left turning lane on the Spur Highway at its intersection with Bridge Access Road and Main Street Loop. Westerfield had a green light, but not a green arrow, so she was required to yield to oncoming traffic in turning onto Main Street Loop.

She pulled into the intersection to make the turn and was T-boned in the passenger side of the vehicle by a Toyota pickup truck heading westbound through the intersection driven by Brice Cunningham of Soldotna.

Seven people were involved in the accident in both vehicles, including three children. All were wearing seat belts, according to Assistant Chief Mike Tilly of the Kenai Fire Department. One adult woman sitting in the passenger side of the Jeep had to be extricated and taken to Central Peninsula General Hospital for treatment of nonlife-threatening injuries.

"The person we transported was just in the worst place possible," Tilly said. "She was the passenger in the vehicle that got T-boned and took the major impact. We had to extricate because the vehicle was pretty well damaged."

Tilly said there was about 12 to 14 inches of intrusion into the Cherokee at the impact site. No one else was taken to the hospital.

The intersection was partially blocked until about 6:10 p.m. to allow fire and ambulance crews to work.

Westerfield was cited for failure to yield, according to police.

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