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Alaska man killed in pedestrian accident

A pedestrian accident can happen at any time, but after sunset, the chances increase. Even in areas where pedestrian traffic is common, some drivers still fail to notice pedestrians in or near they roadway after dark. After a recent pedestrian accident in Alaska, residents are hoping drivers will become more vigilant.

A man was found lying in the road, having been spotted by the town's safety patrol. They called the police department and described the man as being unconscious and seriously injured. Emergency personnel took the man to a nearby medical facility, but he had died by the time they had arrived.

In Alaska's extreme conditions, pilot negligence can be deadly

Some people call Alaska the last frontier of the United States. Due to this fact, small airplanes and helicopters are often used to transport people to remote locations or to provide tourists with a unique view of the state's beauty. However, the extreme terrain and unpredictable weather conditions can be unforgiving, and if pilots fail to account for these hazards, the results can be catastrophic. Pilot negligence can be deadly. 

Here in Alaska, many plane and helicopter crashes are the result of a pilot deciding to fly despite adverse conditions under which the plane, the pilot or both are unable to perform properly. For example, a pilot may not be able to control an aircraft that is being tossed around due to extreme turbulence. Pilots are duty bound not to fly in dangerous weather conditions.

3 dead, 5 injured in Alaska plane crash

Three people were killed and five others injured in a recent plane crash that occurred near a small village. The National Transportation Safety Board, assisted by Alaska State Troopers, will investigate the details of the plane crash. All 10 people aboard the plane, including the pilot, were from out of state.

The floatplane was transporting the tourists to a particular destination for a fishing excursion. It never cleared a copse of trees during takeoff and was found near a lake not too far from where it took off. People from the village helped rescue personnel as they carried several of the survivors from the area of the wreckage on stretchers. Those survivors were airlifted to a medical center in Anchorage to be treated.

Alaska woman leads police on chase that ends in car accident

An afternoon traffic stop resulted in a car chase with Alaska police and ended with a car accident. The driver of the car was the only person who sustained injuries in the car accident. Police issued multiple charges against her including driving under the influence, felony eluding and reckless driving.

Police reports state they attempted to pull the driver over after she almost ran into two cars while on the road. She did not stop, however, and led police on a chase for several miles. She tried to escape by turning onto a side road but overshot the turn and ended up crashing into trees on the side of the road.

Chase by Alaska State Troopers ends in car accident

A routine traffic stop by Alaska State Troopers turned into an incident that sent two people to the hospital. The car accident occurred in the early morning hours as a driver tried to outrun the officers who were making the stop. Only the driver and his passenger were injured in the car accident.

According to official reports, the driver failed to obey an unspecified traffic law, and troopers indicated they wanted him to stop. Instead of pulling to the side of the highway, the driver sped away, reaching speeds over 100 mph. He drove to another highway, where police continued to chase him as he was driving on the wrong side of the road.

Two Alaska men killed in plane crash.

An investigation is ongoing for a plane crash that killed the pilot and his only passenger. The two Alaska residents died after the plane skimmed the tops of some trees and then crashed, bursting into flames. According to one of the National Transportation Safety Board investigators, no one would have been able to survive the plane crash.

A man who lives just minutes from the site of the crash stated he heard the plane attempt to adjust and then hit the ground. He and some family members went as close to the wreckage as they could to look for survivors, but they saw no one thrown from the plane and heard no sounds of anyone calling for help. The heat was extreme, and the man was not able to get close enough to see inside. He believes there was some type of ammunition inside the plane because he began hearing explosions and was even hit by some debris.

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.

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