Anchorage police say an Alaska Zoo van was one of the vehicles involved in a Saturday collision that closed a South Anchorage intersection for an hour.
According to an APD statement, just after noon Saturday emergency dispatchers received word that a Chevrolet SUV on Elmore Road had struck the Dodge van. The SUV's driver, 30-year-old Megan Beith, had failed to see a stop sign at O'Malley, with the vehicles colliding at the roads' intersection.
"The van left the roadway and traveled down an embankment approximately 25 feet before coming to rest," police wrote. "The driver of the van, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown about the cab area, sustained a laceration to the head, and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The passenger in the SUV suffered a concussion and was also transported."
APD spokesperson Anita Shell says names of the other people in the crash weren't immediately available Saturday afternoon. No animals were apparently in the eight-passenger van at the time of the crash.
"It was an SUV heading southbound on Elmore, and the van was leaving the zoo heading west," Shell said.
The intersection at O'Malley and Elmore was closed for about an hour, reopening at about 1:20 p.m.
Beith was cited for failure to stop for a stop sign, with Shell saying speed, alcohol and texting were not involved in the collision.
"We don't have any other determining factors," Shell said. "She simply failed to see the sign."
This is a developing story. Please check KTUU.com and the Channel 2 newscasts for updates.