State trooper involved in collision

Posted: Thursday, September 04, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) An Alaska State Trooper who was trying to catch a speeding driver was involved in a collision earlier this week near Mile 60 of the Seward Highway.

Troopers said Sgt. Keith Mallard of the Girdwood post was driving south about 11 a.m. Monday when he clocked a northbound vehicle traveling more than 80 miles an hour.

Mallard pulled to the shoulder, turned on the emergency lights of his Ford Expedition patrol vehicle, and began making a U-turn to pursue the speeder.

Patricia Coghill, 32, of King Salmon was driving south and was unable to stop to avoid hitting the patrol vehicle, troopers said.

Coghill and three passengers were all wearing seat belts, and the air bags in the car deployed. They received minor injuries, and were taken by ambulance to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Mallard complained of neck pain and was also taken to Providence. All involved were treated at the hospital and released.

Damage to the rental car Coghill was driving was estimated at $10,000 damage, while damage to the trooper vehicle was estimated at $5,000.

Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said Wednesday the accident is still being investigated and no tickets have been issued.

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