by Sue Deyoe ~ July 7th, 2011
The holiday weekend was so busy for Troopers that they had to call on extra assistance to help with accidents and incidents in the Upper Valley.
It also meant a hectic incident-filled weekend for Upper Valley EMS teams.
On Saturday afternoon, July 2, Troopers responded to a rollover at mile 80 of the Parks Highway. A 36 year old woman from Singapore was driving northbound and fell asleep. The vehicle drifted into oncoming traffic and rolled several times. The woman and two minor aged children suffered non life threatening injuries and were treated by local medics at the scene.
On Saturday, wildlife troopers responded to a collison on Moose Creek Road around 7 pm. Investigation showed that a pickup driven by Willie Pointer, age 38, of Anchorage had cut to the inside curve of the roadway, causing a collision with a pickup driven by Joshua Waters, age 31 of Talkeetna. Pointer had minor injuries that were treated by local EMS at the scene. He was given a citation for failing to yield and failing to provide proof of insurance.
Also on Saturday, troopers responded to a vehicle rollover at milepost 4 of Petersville Road when Danny Gossett of Trapper Creek rolled several times. Gossett and 2 minor aged children were wearing seatbelts, but received serious, but non life threatening injuries. Local EMS treated them and they were flown to Mat Su Regional Hospital. The vehicle was declared a total loss.
Another accident, reported earlier by KTNA involved local EMS and LifeMed transporting a 14 year old in a multiple vehicle accident.
Troopers asked for assistance from Highway patrol division and asked them to respond to an ATV accident at the Talkeetna boat launch. Two unmarked trooper vehicles responded and ended up patrolling in downtown Talkeetna and on the Talkeetna Spur Road. A child without a helmet was injured in the ATV accident and the parents refused transport by ambulance.
On July 4th around 5 pm., troopers responded to Rolly Lake Campground to a report of an overturned canoe. A couple from Anchorage flipped their canoe and spent some time in the water. They both had Personal Flotation Devices on and the woman was able to swim to shore. Both people were transported by local EMS to Mat Su Regional for evaluation for hypothermia.
Mia Mangione was just one of the EMS personnel involved with all of the calls, including 6 medical calls that the troopers were NOT involved in. She reports that only one incident involved alcohol. Willow, Trapper Creek and Talkeetna Ambulances helped each other in the EMS call-outs. Mangione says the 8 or so responders that Talkeetna has was NOT enough this weekend. She says none of the calls involved local residents.