Sterling Highway wreck sends 5 to hospital: 4 people ejected from vehicle; driver suspected of falling asleep at the wheel

Posted: Sunday, April 12, 2009

A woman and her four children were transported to Central Peninsula Hospital Friday after the vehicle they were riding in flipped over, ejecting four of the occupants, near Mile 70 of the Sterling Highway.

Amanda Guillemette, the driver of the vehicle, was heading toward Cooper Landing when she fell asleep, according to Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.

As the vehicle veered off of the road, Guillemette woke up and overcorrected, causing the car to roll over at least twice.

Guillemette and three children were ejected from the vehicle.

The only person not ejected was the child riding in the front passenger seat.

The 8-year-old was the only person believed to have been wearing a seat belt. The four who were ejected either did not have their seat belts fastened or were wearing them incorrectly.

Peters said Guillemette admitted she was not wearing her seat belt and it is unknown whether or not the three children riding in the back of the car had their seat belts fastened.

The children are ages 4, 8, 9 and 11. Peters said the 4-year-old sustained the most severe injuries.

Guillemette will be cited for not wearing her seat belt, as well as for the children not wearing their seat belts.

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