Van hauling travel-trailer jackknifes on Glenn Highway

ldemer@adn.comSeptember 5, 2013 

An overturned trailer blocked northbound lanes of the Glenn Highway early afternoon of Thursday, September 5, 2013.

MARK HASKINS — Mark Haskins Photography

A van pulling a travel-trailer jackknifed Thursday on the Glenn Highway near the Eagle River bridge, partially blocking the busy road for several hours, Anchorage police said.

Drivers stuck behind the wrecked rig were patient and good natured, police spokeswoman Dani Myren said.

The van was heading downhill around 11:40 a.m. when a critical safety bar broke, according to police. The driver then lost control of the rig, Myren said. She didn't know what was in the trailer but called it a "toy hauler," the kind used to haul four-wheelers or snowmobiles.

All outbound lanes initially were closed. One lane soon opened temporarily, but had to close again for two wreckers to do their work, Myren said. By 3 p.m., the highway was full reopened.

The driver of a tractor-trailer stopped to help, and some motorists may have mistakenly thought the tractor-trailer jackknifed. The driver of a tire service vehicle also stopped ,and he had pneumatic tools on board that helped responders deal with the twisted wreckage, Myren said.

The van's driver wasn't cited. Police aren't releasing his name.

Reach Lisa Demer at ldemer@adn.com or 257-4390.

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