Woman injured in highway crash with three bison

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A California woman was injured when her rental car struck three bison on the Alaska Highway near Delta Junction, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

Doumanian Ashotovna, 26, was heading east in a 2002 Hyundai just before midnight Saturday when she hit the first of three bison congregated at mile 1409 of the highway, about 13 miles east of Delta Junction. The animal rolled over the car and landed near the shoulder of the highway, Sgt. Brian Wassman said.

The second bison was hit about 10 yards later, It rolled onto the hood of the car, broke the windshield and bent the roof back before landing on the shoulder of the road, Wassman said.

The car hit the third animal about 10 yards away, knocking it to the center line.

A passenger, Natalia Khorochkova, 26, of California was sleeping in the back of the car and wasn't hurt, troopers said.

Wassman said Ashotovna was medevaced to an Anchorage hospital with chest injuries. Her condition was not immediately available, but troopers said her injuries were not life-threatening.

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