Elmendorf fireman injured in rush hour accident

Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fireman was severely injured Monday when he lost control of the sport utility vehicle he was driving and it flipped.

The accident occurred at about 8:30 a.m. as Carl Water, 36, a fireman at Elmendorf Air Force Base, drove northbound on the Glenn Highway. His red Chevy Blazer flipped and skidded on its side into the median at the Fort Richardson exit.

Waters' left arm was severed just below the shoulder.

''I heard he was conscious and witnesses at the scene applied a tourniquet, fairly rapidly I imagine. He was conscious when officers arrived,'' said Sgt. Paul Godwin with the Anchorage Police Department.

Waters was taken to Alaska Regional Hospital where he underwent surgery to try and reattach the arm.

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