Four people died in a plane crash on Friday, November 29, 2013 and six passengers were seriously injured. The plane was operated by Hagelund Aviation which is owned by Era Alaska. According to news accounts, the plane took off from Bethel, Alaska about 5:40 p.m. with nine passengers and the pilot. The plan was traveling to Mountain Village, about 25 miles west of St. Marys by road. The plan crashed about 3 miles from the St. Mary's airport. First responders learned of the crash about 6:30 p.m.. Forty to 50 local residents on foot and on snowmachines began a search for the wreck, but the plane couldn't be found for more than an hour. Heavy fog in the area hindered the search. The National Transportation Board is investigating the crash.
Buses are meant to carry passengers, and because of this they are not always built to be maneuverable. Harsh weather conditions can make driving a bus even harder, and if a driver is not careful, accidents can happen that could cause injury to the driver or someone else. A car accident in Alaska -- involving a school bus -- left a young child with injuries recently.
The accident occurred when a 56-year-old bus driver was attempting to operate her bus in the harsh weather, and the back of her bus struck a car that the victim was trying to enter. The victim was an eight-year-old child. The accident occurred around 4:45 p.m. on Nov. 19.
The season of winter means different things throughout the United States, but for northern states it can entail more hazardous road conditions. However, the weather conditions can be particularly harsh in Alaska, and the situations that are caused by them can be more dangerous than usual. A driver cannot afford to be negligent while driving in hazardous conditions, or risk an accident that could have detrimental consequences. Unfortunately, car accidents in Alaska caused by negligent motorists have become even more severe.
On Nov. 22 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., over 300 cars drove into the ditch on one road. This resulted in nine different car accidents that resulted in the damage of property. Only three crashes resulted in injuries during that time period.
Driving along a highway is drastically different than driving in an urban area. The increased speeds on a highway have the potential to create deadly circumstances when combined with the negligence of drivers. The accidents that occur can be even more catastrophic and can often include multiple cars. Unfortunately, a car accident in Alaska left two people with injuries recently.
The accident happened on Nov. 15 around 4:45 p.m. and included multiple motor vehicles. The accident occurred when a driver attempted to cross the outbound lanes of the highway and was struck by another driver. Two other cars then crashed into the back of the collision. The drivers of the first two vehicles were transported to a nearby hospital for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
The change from fall to winter is in full swing all across the northern part of the United States, but in Alaska winter is not waiting to unleash its devastating weather on the last frontier. Many roads are iced over, which makes it even more dangerous to drive in the Alaskan weather. Already icy roads are real dangers that could cause a car accident at almost any time. Now drivers have to be more careful when they are driving from place to place.
The newly iced over roads have caused cars to slide through intersections. In addition, major road systems have been completely shut down. Many car accidents have been caused by the slippery roads, and more accidents are bound to happen before winter is over. By mid-afternoon on Nov. 8, Alaskan police had already answered five calls about car accidents involving injuries in the Anchorage area.
Drunk driving can often lead to very tragic accidents that can leave those involved with very serious injuries or even worse. The effects of alcohol often hinder drivers, which can include slowed reaction time and impaired vision. This does not mix well with the hustle and bustle of urban traffic or the fast speeds of highways. Unfortunately, a car accident in Alaska recently left one man with injuries after he decided to drive under the influence.
The man was traveling south when he crashed his vehicle around 7 p.m. on Nov. 2. It was reported that the man originally veered into the ditch beside the road. This action was followed by the man pulling out of the ditch and crossing to the other side of the road, where he hit a second ditch and crashed into an embankment.
Negligent drivers are often a significant cause of accidents in Alaska. The majority of these accidents could probably be avoided if the driver would simply pay attention to the road, instead of whatever else might be distracting them at the time. Unfortunately, this often means that other people involved in the accident can be left with senseless injuries. A recent pedestrian accident left a bicyclist with injuries in Anchorage.
The accident occurred on Oct. 24 when an older gentleman was struck by a car while riding his bicycle. He was attempting to cross a busy street while riding through a crosswalk when he was hit. The driver of the motor vehicle, a 59-year-old man, was making a right turn when he hit the bicyclist.
One of the great car safety issues of our time is texting while driving (and, on a broader basis, cell phone use while driving). Many Anchorage residents have had the chilling experience: they are traveling down a highway and, suddenly, the car next to them drifts into their lane, only to correct itself at the last second.
As you pass by the car, the white glow of a cell phone screen is visible, and the driver's head is looking down. Distracted driving in the modern age is so irresponsible, and so dangerous, that it boggles the mind why people think it would be okay to look away from the road while driving just to send a text message with "LOLs" and smiley faces on them.
Though plane crashes occur less often than car crashes, the injuries sustained from them can be more extensive. Airplanes are almost as common as cars in Alaska, which often leads to an increased aviation accident total each year. These accidents can be caused by the pilot, the hazardous Alaskan weather, or a malfunction in the airplane. Unfortunately, a recent aviation accident killed one person and injured two others.
On Oct. 17, a small Cessna airplane crashed shortly after taking off around 5:30 p.m. Police arrived soon after the crash occurred, and eventually found the plane wreckage. Three people were rescued from the crash and transported to a nearby hospital. One of the victims was pronounced dead soon after arriving at the hospital.
A pedestrian accident can often end with the victim suffering serious or life-threatening injuries and then being taken to the hospital for treatment. These types of accidents can also leave the person with emotional and mental wounds as well. When a pedestrian is involved in a car crash, it can be very traumatic and can also affect him or her long after the physical scars heal. Unfortunately, a man from Alaska was seriously injured in such an accident recently.
The pedestrian was trying to cross an intersection on Oct. 12 when he was struck by a pickup truck at around 7 p.m. The victim was a 25-year-old Alaskan resident. The driver who struck the man immediately called 911, and emergency personnel arrived soon after.