Icy roads cause series of accidents

Homer wrestlers involved in crash

Posted: Monday, November 24, 2003

A number of vehicles, including a Homer High School van carrying members of the wrestling team, skidded off the Sterling Highway on glare ice Thursday afternoon shutting down the busy highway for more than one hour. One juvenile was injured.

At about 4 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of several vehicles off the road at Mile 166 of the Sterling Highway in Homer and found a vehicle driven by Debbie Anderson, 47, of Homer, was off the road and on its side on the south side of the road. Anderson was not injured.

About 100 feet north of Anderson's vehicle, a vehicle driven by Judy Reel, 59, of Homer, was in the ditch. Reel's 80-year-old father was a passenger in her vehicle. Neither was injured.

One hundred feet farther north, a Homer High School van had rolled, but stopped in an upright position.

The van, loaded with members of the Homer High wrestling team, was driven by Mike Illg, 30, of Homer. One juvenile from the van was taken to South Peninsula Hospital by the Homer Fire Department. He was treated and released.

As emergency responders were assisting occupants of the vehicles, an approaching school bus tried to stop, but slid on the icy road and ended up sideways across the road, blocking all traffic.

Troopers said the road was so slick from the freezing rain, the bus could not be moved until the Alaska Department of Transporta-tion and Public Facilities arrived with sand.

Once the road was sanded, the school bus took occupants from all the vehicles to safety in Homer.

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