Ambulance damaged in accident

Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2000

A Nikiski ambulance was headed back to Station No. 2 Monday night when it came upon a two-vehicle accident. It was one of the vehicles.

According to an Alaska State Troopers press release, a 1987 Subaru station wagon driven by Nikiski resident Robert Monroe Jr., 25, slid through the intersection of Island Lake and Kenai Spur Highway. Ambulance driver David Robertson, 32, of Nikiski, attempted to avoid the Subaru but was unable to avoid a collision.

Damage to the ambulance was estimated at $4,000.

The Subaru was considered totaled.

Nikiski paramedics Jack Anderson and Kevin Radamacher were riding in the ambulance with Robertson.

"They were a little shaken up, but no one in the ambulance was injured," said Assistant Fire Chief Dan Gregory. "They all stayed on duty and finished their shift."

Monroe, the driver of the Subaru, also was uninjured.

"We checked him out at the scene," said Gregory.

Troopers cited Monroe for driving too fast for conditions.

Although the ambulance is temporarily sidelined, services provided by the fire department continue uninterrupted.

"We still have pretty good coverage," said Gregory. "We have two other ambulances that are in service. Very rarely do we have all three (ambulances) on the road at the same time."

Through a mutual-aid agreement, Kenai Fire Department stands ready to support Nikiski should circumstances require more response than Nikiski has available.

"We thought we were in the summer mode," said First Sgt. Nils Monsen of the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers, referring to last week's snow-free roads and warmer temperatures. "But winter's not over yet."

Bill Pool, Soldotna foreman for the state Department of Transportation, said he personally checked out roads in the Nikiski area Tuesday afternoon.

"The maintenance crews have them sanded and plowed," said Pool. "What little (snow) accumulation there was has been cleared off and sanded. We're pretty much back to good driving conditions."

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