Update: JPD releases additional details on Wednesday's crash on Egan

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - CCFR and JPD are responded to an accident that occurred late Wednesday afternoon on Egan Highway.

          Update 12/8: According to a press release, JPD received a report at about 4:19 p.m. of a small 4-door vehicle driving inbound on Egan Drive in the outbound lane of Egan Drive.

    At 4:21 p.m., it was reported the 4-door vehicle struck another vehicle on Egan Drive, near the Egan Drive overpass.

    Responding officers learned the crash involved five vehicles and two of the vehicles were in a head-on collision.

    Initial reports indicated that a maroon 2006 Acura, driven by a 49-year-old male was driving inbound in the outbound lane.

    Witnesses reported seeing the Acura driving in the inbound turn lane of Egan Drive, at Fred Meyer.

    The Acura started to make a left turn at Fred Myer but then continued straight into the outbound lane of Egan Drive, where it continued on.

    In the area of the Egan Drive overpass, near the old Wal-Mart building, the Acura struck head on a white Subaru that was being driven outbound. During the incident, three other vehicles crashed or were struck by other vehicles, as a result of the Acura.

    The driver of the Acura sustained serious injuries.

    The driver and passenger of the Subaru also received injuries, but they are reiterated to be not serious at this time.

    Both were transported to BRH for a medical evaluation.

    An occupant of one of the three additional vehicles also sustained minor injuries, but they were not transported to BRH.

    Following the crash, the outbound lane of Egan Drive was closed for a total of about three hours, to allow for responders to provide medical treatment and investigate the crash.

    The cause is still under investigation.

    Original:

    The three-car involved crash occurred on Egan outbound between Vanderbilt Hill Road and the old Walmart access road at 4:23 pm on Wednesday, according to Fire Chief Ed Quinto. He said that a vehicle was driving the wrong way.

    Quinto said two individuals were transported to the hospital, one with serious injuries and the other with minor. Three others were able to walk from the accident. He spoke to the condition of the vehicles.

    "They're in pretty bad shape. They were pretty badly damaged, airbags were deployed on all of the vehicles."

    The outbound lane is closed off and traffic is being diverted onto Vanderbilt Hill Road.

    Police said outbound traffic will need to divert onto Vanderbilt or get onto Glacier Highway at the Salmon Creek intersection, and that outbound traffic may resume past the old Walmart building.   They are investigating the crash.

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