Kenai police respond to accidents as volcano draws a crowd

Posted: Sunday, April 05, 2009

With the cloud coverage dispersing, Mount Redoubt became visible to Kenai Peninsula residents for the first time in almost two weeks. A popular viewing area is the observation deck located on Bridge Access Road as several vehicles were parked in the viewpoint lot and lined the road

Photo By M. Scott Moon
Photo By M. Scott Moon
Mount Redoubt steams behind members of the Kenai police and fire departments as they work the scene of an accident at a scenic pullout on Bridge Access Road that sent two people to the hospital Saturday morning. The road has been popular with volcano watchers and the site of two serious accidents in 24 hours.

to view the volcano's latest eruption on Saturday.

Tommy Olson, of Soldotna, was one such onlooker.

As Olson pulled his 2009 Chevrolet pickup truck out of the observation deck parking lot, he was struck by a 1992 Ford truck driven by Ernest Debaca after Olson failed to yield to oncoming traffic, according to Kenai police investigator Jeff Whannell.

Kenai police responded to the accident at 10:54 a.m.

Both Debaca and his wife, Madeline, who was a passenger in the vehicle, were transported to Central Peninsula Hospital.

CPH would not comment on their status.

Olson refused treatment on scene and transport.

He was cited for failure to yield to oncoming traffic.

This was the second accident in less than 24 hours on Bridge Access Road.

The KPD responded to a multiple car wreck Friday evening, however, information regarding the accident was not available Saturday.

Emergency personnel from Kenai Fire Department, and mutual aid from Nikiski and Central Emergency Services responded to Friday's incident.

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