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Kenai Spur crash leaves 3 injured

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2007

Three people were taken to the hospital following a Wednesday afternoon vehicle collision that closed the Kenai Spur Highway at the Kenai city limits north of Soldotna.

Garrett Roberts, 28, of Kenai, was taken to Central Peninsula Hospital by Kenai Fire Department ambulance, and Marvin Norman, 23, and Marisela Sanchez-Ramos, 19, both of Soldotna, were taken by Central Emergency Services ambulance.

According to Alaska State Troopers, Sanchez-Ramos lost control of a 2001 Jeep Wrangler, spun into the northbound lane and was hit by a 1993 Buick LeSabre, driven by Roberts.

Norman, a passenger in Sanchez-Ramos' vehicle, was subsequently medevaced from CPH to Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage where he was reported to be in stable condition Thursday.

Roberts asked that no information about his condition be released.

Sanchez-Ramos was treated and released, according to a CPH spokeswoman.

Troopers said all three were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Both vehicles were considered to be total losses.

Alcohol was not a factor in the collision, though icy road conditions were, troopers said.

Both drivers said they were traveling at between 40 and 45 mph. The speed limit at that section of the highway is 55.

Sanchez-Ramos was cited for failure to exercise due care to avoid a collision.

The highway was closed for about 30 minutes following the 4:10 p.m. crash.

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



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