3 hurt as slippery roads lead to rash of crashes in Mat-Su

Zaz Hollander

WASILLA -- Slick roads and heavy daytime traffic Friday led to several accidents in the Valley, authorities said.

In the most serious, ambulances took two people to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center after a three-car accident at 11:20 a.m. on the Parks Highway in Wasilla near Locals Pub and Pizzeria, Mat-Su Borough emergency officials said.

The driver of a southbound Dodge pickup lost control on the Parks Highway and slid sideways into a northbound Mazda Protege driven by 53-year-old Susan Woods, of Anchorage, said Wasilla police officer Rick Manrique. A northbound pickup behind Woods sustained minor damage. Woods and a passenger in the Dodge pickup, 63-year-old Rene Glass of Talkeetna, were injured, Manrique said. John Glass, 35, of North Dakota, drove the Dodge pickup.

The two victims had to be extricated by rescue crews and were transported to the hospital for treatment of an ankle injury and lower back pain, according to Dennis Brodigan, the borough's emergency services director.

The accident backed up traffic on the Parks Highway coming into Wasilla. Another accident, this one with no injuries, occurred not long after about a half-mile north on the highway, Manrique said.

A third accident reported at 11:44 a.m. in Big Lake at South Johnson Road and South Dawn Lake Drive sent a woman to the hospital with shoulder pain but no serious injuries, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said. Medics also checked a young girl for injuries but she was not hurt, Ipsen said.

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