Two people survive head-on collision on bridge

Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two people escaped serious injury Wednesday after their vehicles met head-on at the Willow Creek Bridge on the Parks Highway.

Karen Jettmar, 52, driving a Subaru station wagon south on the highway, said she could not believe her eyes when she saw a northbound pickup overtaking another vehicle and passing in her lane, heading right for her.

The bridge has just two lanes.

''I looked at that thing, and I went, 'This is it, I'm gonna die.' There was nothing I could do,'' Jettmar told the Anchorage Daily News on Wednesday night while recovering at her Anchorage home.

''I instinctively pulled left just a little bit, and I think that saved me,'' she said.

The 1989 Ford 150 smashed into the front of her 1992 Subaru on the passenger side. The crash peeled away the right side of Jetmar's car. The truck was flipped on its side.

The driver of the pickup, Richard J. Morgan, 37, of Wasilla, did not complain of any injuries at the scene, Alaska State Troopers said. Jetmar was treated for bruises at Valley Hospital in Palmer and released. Both had been wearing seat belts.

Morgan, troopers said, collided with Jettmar's car 841 feet into a no-pass zone marked with double yellow lines. He told investigators he did not see the Subaru, they said.

Morgan was cited for negligent driving, said troopers. He could not be reached Wednesday.

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