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Car accident on Alaska highway causes several injuries

A car accident on an Alaska highway has resulted in injury to several people. The mid-day car accident affected three vehicles and at least four people. A report did not indicate whether or not criminal charges were expected against any of the drivers.

A 71-year-old man had slowed down or possibly stopped while attempting to make a left turn to exit the highway. The driver of a van traveling in the same direction hit the turning car from behind. This forced the car into the lane of oncoming traffic, where a woman driving an SUV unavoidably rendered a second hit.

Sentencing hearing for Alaska teen in drunk driving accident

A teenage girl is in the spotlight of an Alaska court as she is facing sentencing for a drunk driving accident in which a cyclist was killed. She was 17 years old at the time of the accident. She had been drinking and left the scene after she hit a man riding his bicycle. This phase of sentencing for the drunk driving accident was only the first session. 

As a result of a plea deal made earlier this year, the now 18-year-old was sentenced to three years in prison. She would actually serve only one year and the other two would be suspended. Family and friends of the cyclist are asking the judge for a harsher sentence.

Alaska pilot and passenger missing after plane crash

A pilot and his one passenger are missing after a recent plane crash. The Alaska Air National Guard searched for two days after the plane was found just after sunrise. The specific time of the plane crash is not yet known but a call to 911 was made approximately six hours before the discovery of the wreckage. Officials think one of the two people aboard the plane placed the call.

While the names of the two missing people were not officially released, family members identified the pilot after he did not show up for a family function and after they were given the description of the plane that had crashed. Friends and family of the pilot began leading their own searches, both on the ground and in the air after the ANG called off the official search. The plane was discovered along the coastline, prompting search parties to scour nearby beaches. The pilot's father does not believe they will find his son alive, as it is not possible to endure the water temperature much more than 30 minutes. The family is already planning a memorial service.

Anchorage man killed in auto accident involving tour bus

An investigation is ongoing after an Anchorage man was killed in an auto accident. The wife and daughter of the 55-year-old man were also injured in the bus versus auto accident but are expected to fully recover. The afternoon crash involved five vehicles and a tour bus.

State troopers say a car was hit from behind by the tour bus when the car stopped for other vehicles turning to enter a wildlife center. Four other vehicles traveling on the Seward Highway, including two with attached trailers, also became entangled in the wreckage. A report on the Anchorage crash did not specify in which vehicle the deceased and his family were riding.

Alaska man dies in 2-vehicle car accident

A late evening car accident has resulted in the death of a 73-year-old Alaska man. Police officers, as well as rescue personnel from the fire department, were called to the scene of the two-vehicle car accident. Police do not think alcohol was an issue in this incident and will include their investigative findings in a report to the district attorney's office.

The man, driving his sedan, was attempting to make a turn onto a highway when a pickup truck ran a red light and hit the sedan. He was taken to a local hospital and died after his arrival. A woman was driving the truck and had a minor child with her. Neither suffered any injuries in the crash.

Pilot is killed in plane crash in Alaska

A pilot for Wings of Alaska airline was the only person on board who did not survive a recent plane crash. The plane had left a major city and was headed to an island off the state's coast. Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to conduct an investigation into the cause of the plane crash.

A 911 call from one of the survivors of the crash alerted police in Juneau as to what had happened. The plane was located by the U.S. Coast Guard on the side of a mountain only 18 miles from where it took off. The flight was supposed to take just 18 minutes to reach its destination.

Alaska police still investigating car accident involving minor

An Alaska teenager was recently suspected of causing a two-vehicle car accident. The 17-year-old male was injured in the accident and was taken to a local hospital to be treated. He was released as soon as doctors cleared him. A report stated officials are still looking into the car accident, but it did not give an indication of any charges being issued at this time.

Police responding to the scene of the accident determined that the teen veered into oncoming traffic after losing control of the sedan he was driving. They say he then hit head-on a vehicle traveling toward him. Both vehicles were damaged beyond repair as a result of the collision.

2-vehicle car accident cause of injury for Alaska woman

An Alaska woman was injured in a recent car accident involving two vehicles. A report did not specify the extent of her injuries but stated no one else in the wreck was injured. Both drivers involved in the car accident were issued citations for different violations.

Authorities inspecting the incident reported that the driver of a pickup truck tried to pass a sedan. The truck attempted the pass to the right of the sedan instead of the left. The pickup truck ran into the sedan and then went off the road. Before the truck came to a stop, it rolled over at least once.

9 people killed in Alaska sightseeing plane crash

A plane crash in the southeastern part of Alaska has claimed the lives of nine people. Investigators were dispatched two days after the crash to the site to see if they could determine the cause. At the time of a report on the plane crash, a spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board said it was too early to come to any conclusions about what happened.

The group had been on a sightseeing air tour during a seven-day Alaska cruise. They were returning to the cruise ship after flying over some of the state's wilderness areas of lakes and mountains. Although the air space where they were was not controlled, pilots usually communicate with each other in the air to get help with where they need to go. The plane crashed in an area of mountains that frequently experiences adverse weather conditions, but it is not yet known if weather was a factor.

Family may appeal wrongful death verdict given by Alaska jury

A family may be appealing the verdict handed down by a jury in a wrongful death lawsuit. The jury found the owner of an Alaska gun store innocent of the charges against him concerning a 26-year-old man who was killed with a gun that was allegedly taken from the gun store. The trial in the wrongful death suit lasted two weeks with the jury deliberating approximately 10 hours before coming to a decision.

Testimony revealed the man who was convicted of shooting the young man entered the gun store before the murder and carried on a conversation with the owner for around 20 minutes. The discussion was about purchasing a particular type of rifle. The owner left the man alone for a few minutes and the man left the store with the rifle after placing $200 on the counter.

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