Two accidents send 5 people to hospital

Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Two separate motor-vehicle accidents Monday sent a total of five people to Central Peninsula General Hospital. Alcohol was a factor in one of the accidents, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Three people were taken to the hospital Monday night after a Subaru station wagon driven by Jack Hobson, 36, of Nikiski, went into a ditch near Mile 24 of Kenai Spur Highway.

Jerry Abel, 19, of Nikiski, driving a pickup, reportedly stopped to assist Hobson when a Ford pickup driven by Rickie Harrington, 35, of Nikiski, ran into the front of Abel's vehicle and then into the Subaru in the ditch.

The collision with Abel's pickup pushed it into Hobson and Abel who were behind it trying to attach a tow rope. Hobson and Harrington sustained serious injuries and were taken to the hospital.

A hospital spokesperson Tuesday said Hobson was in fair condition and Harrington was discharged.

Abel also was taken to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released. A 17-year-old female passenger in Abel's vehicle was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Troopers reported alcohol was a factor in the accident and are continuing to investigate the case. Troopers did not report which driver had been drinking.

Troopers responded to a report of an accident with injuries at Mile 13.7 of Kalifornsky Beach Road at 8:56 a.m. and found Robbie Horne, 62, of Kasilof, reportedly lost control of her Toyota Camry while passing another vehicle.

Horne's car crossed into the lane of opposing traffic and struck a Ford 350 driven by Donald Mock, 23, of Kenai, head-on.

Horne was ejected through the rear window of her vehicle on impact.

Horne and Mock were taken to CPGH for treatment of injuries. Horne was reported to be in fair condition in intensive care Tuesday. Mock was treated and released, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Troopers are continuing their investigation of the accident.

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