6 injured, 4 critical in Nikiski collision

Posted: Friday, July 24, 2009

Six people were injured, four critically, Wednesday night in a high-speed, head-on collision near Mile 19.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski.

According to Nikiski Fire Chief James Baisden, six patients were transported by Nikiski and Kenai Fire Department ambulances to Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

The crash, involving a Ford Explorer and a Subaru sedan, occurred at about 9:30 p.m.

The cause of the collision is under investigation by Alaska State Troopers.

Trooper Michael Shelley said an adult female was driving the southbound Subaru and had a boy and a girl in the back seat. The Ford also was driven by an adult female who had a male passenger in the front and a child in the back seat, Shelley said.

Because the investigation is ongoing, the trooper said he is unable to release the identities of the victims.

Shelley said there is no indication at this time that alcohol or drugs were involved.

Two of the injured -- one adult and one child -- reportedly were life-flighted to hospitals in Anchorage.

Baisden said there was no fire and no one was ejected from either vehicle.

"We had some entrapment, but no major extrication," he said, adding, "We had some great help from the public out there.

"It's a good reminder to wear seat belts and be very aware on the crowded highways this time of year," he said.

Phil Hermanek can be reached at phillip.hermanek@peninsulaclarion.com.

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