Accident sends 3 to hospital

Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A three-car accident shut down the Sterling Highway east of Soldotna for 40 minutes Monday afternoon.

Drivers Amber Sawyer, 21, of Anchorage, Norma Daniels, 62, of Sterling, and a passenger in a third vehicle, which was driven by Karen Duffy, 17, of Sterling, were taken to Central Peninsula Hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, according to Megan Peters, spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers. The name of the passenger in Duffy's vehicle was not known as the Clarion went to press.

The conditions of those transported to the hospital also were unknown.

Duffy was cleared by medics on the scene. Another unidentified passenger also was treated on the scene and cleared by medics. The vehicle that passenger came from was unknown at press time, according to Peters.

Duffy, who was driving a Subaru, rear-ended Sawyer in a Hyundai in the northbound lane of the Sterling Highway near Mile 91 around 3 p.m. Sawyer was sent broadside into the southbound lane where she was T-boned by Daniels, who was driving a Chevy Trailblazer.

Daniels' vehicle rolled over, leaving her trapped inside. Crews from Central Emergency Services had to extricate Daniels.

The collision left all three vehicles off the road.

Though Daniels was initially reported as unconscious, Shawn Killian, acting captain for CES, reported that all of the victims were conscious upon the arrival of CES.

An investigation is under way into the cause of the accident. Killian did note that the road conditions were icy.

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