Glenn Highway multi-car collision hospitalizes four

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Update - 1:39 p.m.:
When Ray Sorensen was driving his semi-truck into Anchorage from Wasilla, he spotted a maroon Suburban driving fast and crazy.

Multi-car collision on the Glenn Highway, on June 9. (Photo by Rebecca Palsha / KTUU)

"Scared the heck out of me," Sorensen said.

What happened next closed both the inbound and outbound lanes of the Glenn Highway near the Airports Heights exit for multiple hours, starting around 10:30 in the morning.

Sorensen said the maroon Suburban ran off the road into a ditch, then pulled back into traffic, before eventually sideswiping Soresen's rig.

At this point, Sorensen pulled over, but the Suburban, he says, didn't.

"I could see his hood was up, and then somehow when he went by the hood went down," Sorensen said. "So I'm thinking the girl - cause I could see a girl in the passenger side - I think she jumped out and shut it, and then they hit a couple of cars just trying to get out."

Sorensen, as well as retired Col. Tom Anderson from the Alaska State Troopers, witnessed the driver then plow into at least four cars that were sitting at the light at Airport Heights.

Anchorage Police wouldn't talk on camera, but they did say at least four people were taken to the hospital, with eight people being involved in the wreck.

Anderson said the scene was "mass confusion," with multiple people pulling over to help, before police and paramedics arrived.

"He smashed right into all these cars," Anderson said.

Anderson said the driver of the Suburban was passed out for a few minutes, but regained consciousness soon after police arrived.

By 10:55 a.m., police reopened all three outbound lanes; however, the inbound lanes will remain closed "for an unknown amount of time," according to an APD Nixle alert.

The names and conditions of everyone involved haven't been released by police yet.

Original Story - 11:21 a.m.:
At 10:28 a.m., on Friday, Anchorage police closed both inbound and outbound lanes of the Glenn Highway, near the Airport Heights exit, due to a multi-car collision.

Police say a red van initially sideswiped a rig, then it ran into the other cars.

Four people were taken to the hospital, and eight were involved in the collision, according to APD.

By 10:55 a.m., police reopened all three outbound lanes; however, the inbound lanes will remain closed "for an unknown amount of time," according to an APD Nixle alert.

Police request that the public continue to use alternative routes, at the Boniface exit, until further notice.

This is a developing story, stay with Channel 2 News and KTUU.com for the latest.



 
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