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Soldotna woman receives minor injuries from collision

Posted: Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Homer Electric Association workers were busy Monday replacing a utility pole in front of Glacier Pontiac after a vehicle slid off the Kenai Spur Highway on Saturday and struck the pole.

Although the pole was left leaning at a 45-degree angle, HEA did not report any power outages during or after the accident.

According to Alaska State Troopers, a 1995 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Catherine Dunn, 52, of Soldotna, skidded off the highway at 12:46 p.m., went into the ditch and collided with the power pole.

Dunn was taken by Central Emergency Services ambulance to Central Peninsula General Hospital, where she was treated and released.

Her dog, a 4-year-old black Labrador retriever-rottweiler mix, was not injured.

“He did just what he was supposed to do; he jumped as far into the back of the Jeep as he could,” Dunn said Monday about her dog, Kona.

Dunn also said the employees at Glacier Pontiac immediately came to her aid, calling 911 and providing a warm vehicle for her to wait in until the ambulance arrived.

“The folks at the car dealership were extremely good,” she said.

Dunn said she was returning from a Kenai Women’s Aglow Bible study session when the accident happened.

“I just touched the brake ’cause the speed limit was going down from 55 to 45,” she said.

“It spun me around and off the road,” she said.

“I’m glad God was with me,” Dunn said about not being injured more seriously.

Troopers cited Dunn for negligent driving.

HEA spokesperson Joe Gallagher said workers attempted to reset the utility pole Monday, but determined it needed to be replaced.

He said a cost estimate of the work was not readily available.

The Jeep was totaled.



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