An Anchorage woman was seriously hurt Sunday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash that temporarily closed the Sterling Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.
The crash that injured 57-year-old Bernie Person at Mile 39.4 of the Sterling, near the Seward Highway at Mile 37, happened just before 12:45 p.m. Sunday, troopers said Monday. Person's 2006 Chevrolet pickup had been headed north on the highway.
"The vehicle rounded a right-hand curve in the highway, lost traction on ice and slid across the oncoming lane of travel," troopers wrote. "The vehicle struck a guardrail, overturned, and struck a tree."
Person was flown to an Anchorage hospital by helicopter for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries, troopers said.
According to troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain, the highway was closed for about 45 minutes Sunday afternoon as the helicopter landed to pick Person up from the scene.
Troopers said Person was wearing a seat belt, and that alcohol was not a factor in the wreck.
Person's truck was totaled.