Seafood processor workers injured in crash

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Three seafood processing workers from Kake were airlifted to a Juneau hospital after a crash that injured five Tuesday, police said.

Five workers with Kake Foods Inc. were driving in a van at about 11:30 p.m. when it left the roadway and struck a tree, Kake police said.

All five were taken to Kake Clinic and treated for their injuries. The three were later airlifted to Bartlett Regional Hospital with back injuries, possible hip fractures and internal injuries, said Capt. Jerry Godkin, of Capital City Fire and Rescue.

The driver of the van was identified as Richard Garcia and the passengers were identified as Armando Hernandez, Christian Garcia and Arturo Sanchez, said Jerry Funk of the Kake Police Department. A fifth victim was not identified, Funk said.

Bartlett Regional Hospital spokeswoman Mary Jo Toner said one person was listed in good condition and the other two were being assessed.

Kake is a community of 710 on the northwest coast of Kupreanof Island 95 miles southwest of Juneau and 38 miles northwest of Petersburg.

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