Pedestrian struck by cargo van near downtown seriously injured, Anchorage police say

A woman was struck by a cargo van while she was walking across Fifth Avenue early Thursday near downtown Anchorage, police said.

The woman was “in or near a crosswalk” at Ingra Street when the westbound van struck her around 4:48 a.m., police wrote in a statement. She was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, police wrote.

The driver remained at the scene and was cooperative, according to police. Charges had not been filed by around 6:30 a.m.

The northbound lanes of Ingra were closed Thursday morning at Sixth Avenue and all lanes of Fifth Avenue were closed at Karluk Street.

At least four pedestrians have been struck by vehicles in the past week near downtown Anchorage.

Linda Baxter was struck by a pickup truck on Fifth Avenue at Karluk Street early Saturday. She died at the scene.

A pickup truck hit two men who were crossing Gambell Street near 15th Avenue on Sunday evening. One pedestrian initially was said to have life-threatening injuries but is expected to survive, said police spokeswoman Renee Oistad. The other man was brought to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

No charges have been filed in any of the collisions.

Tess Williams

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