Soldotna car wreck sends 3 to hospital

Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2004

Rain falling on an ice-covered Sterling Highway apparently led to a two-vehicle collision with injuries near Regal Interiors in Soldotna, stopping Friday morning rush hour traffic on the busy highway.

Soldotna veterinarian Dr. Timothy Bowser, 49, and Marian Bowser, 49, of Sterling, and Stephanie R. Snyder, 23, of Soldotna, were taken to Central Peninsula General Hospital for treatment of injuries. None were said to be life-threatening.

According to Soldotna police, Snyder was driving a 1996 Ford Explorer, which began to fishtail and spin into the opposing lane of traffic where it was broadsided by a 1998 Dodge van driven by Marian Bowser.

Snyder and Dr. Bowser were extricated from their vehicles by Central Emergency Services responders.

The Bowsers' vehicle remained on the highway and traffic was stopped for about 30 minutes while police, Alaska State Troopers and medics cleared a single lane of travel around the wreck.

Soldotna Police Officer Stace Escott said occupants of both vehicles were wearing seat belts and all airbags in the vehicles deployed, probably lessening the seriousness of the injuries.

He said an investigation into the accident is continuing.

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