Dog team driven by Iditarod musher hit by vehicle alongside KGB Road

Iditarod musher Kristy Berington takes off from the 2018 ceremonial start of the race in downtown Anchorage (KTUU)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A dog team driven by an Iditarod musher was hit by a truck that rolled off the road on Knik-Goose Bay Road Tuesday morning near Wasilla. Kristy Berington, who’s run The Last Great Race nine times, says she and her neighbor were running dogs together, as they often do, when the accident occurred.

A Trooper dispatch says the crash near mile 12.5 of the busy roadway happened after 11 a.m. when a Chevy pickup truck was rear-ended by a Volkswagen SUV. The truck rolled off the road and hit a few of the dogs on Berington’s team running on a trail alongside the roadway.

Two of the dogs were injured, but Berington tells Channel 2 they will be okay. “It could have been a complete tragedy,” she told Channel 2 Tuesday evening. “Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

In 2016, Iditarod finisher and former Yukon Quest champion Sebastian Schnuelle was crossing Chena Hot Springs Road near Fairbanks when his team was hit by a vehicle. Two of the dogs were killed in the crash.

In 2014, Iditarod musher Karin Hendrickson and her dog team were hit by a vehicle that went off the road off the Parks Highway in Willow. She had to sit out the 2015 race due to her injuries. She raced again in 2016 and 2017.

Channel 2's Daniel Kirby contributed to this report.

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