Chief executive of Veco injured in motorcycle accident

Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Veco executive Bill Allen was seriously injured and a friend was hurt in a motorcycle accident Sunday near Palmer.

Allen, 64, suffered a broken collarbone, a concussion and skull fractures, company president Pete Leathard said.

''He's in the hospital,'' Leathard said. ''He's not in intensive care. He's just under observation.''

Allen is chief executive officer of Veco, an Anchorage-based oil field service company and a longtime figure in Alaska business and politics. He was publisher of the now-defunct Anchorage Times.

Anne W. Butler, 50, who was riding with Allen, was treated at Valley Hospital in Palmer and released Sunday. Butler helped found and remains a minority owner in Alaska Central Express, an Anchorage-based cargo airline.

State troopers said Allen was driving a 2000 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on the Glenn Highway toward Palmer just after 3:30 p.m. when he attempted to stop behind a group of cars waiting for a vehicle turning left. He lost control of the motorcycle and tipped it over, trooper Tim Savoie said.

''It skidded, and the brakes locked up,'' Savoie said.

The two were thrown from the motorcycle, he said. Two helmets were found at the scene, but Savoie did not know whether the two were wearing them.

Witnesses told troopers the two were going with the flow of the traffic. The speed limit is 55 mph in the area.

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