Soldotna man seriously injured in Sterling wreck

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2006

An 18-year-old Soldotna man was ejected from his vehicle and seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on the Sterling Highway on Tuesday night.

Alaska State Troopers and Central Emergency Services medics responded at 10:56 p.m. to a report of a vehicle crash near Mile 86 in Sterling and found Tyler Walgenbach had been thrown from his car, a black 1988 four-door Nissan Maxima.

Speed was a factor, and Walgenbach was not wearing a seat belt when he lost control of the car, went off the road and into a ditch, according to trooper information officer Greg Wilkinson.

No other vehicles were involved.

Walgenbach was taken by ambulance to Central Peninsula General Hospital and later transferred to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, where he was reported to be in stable condition Wednesday.

The Nissan, which was found lying upside down, was towed from the scene. Three of its four wheels were broken off and the windshield was knocked out.

Walgenbach was found unconscious near the vehicle, and partially beneath it, according to emergency re-sponders.

The highway remained open, though one lane was partially blocked for a short time.

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