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Anchorage Man Injured in Glenn Highway SUV-Semi Crash

Published On: Dec 24 2013 09:43:19 AM AKST
Updated On: Oct 29 2013 01:03:47 PM AKDT
Anchorage Man Injured in Glenn Highway SUV-Semi Crash

Courtesy Kayla Ramsey

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -

Alaska State Troopers say an Anchorage man was injured in a Glenn Highway collision near the Knik River bridge Tuesday morning, when a sport-utility vehicle crossed a median and collided with a semi truck.

According to AST spokesperson Beth Ipsen, troopers received a report of the crash, at about Mile 33 of the highway, just before 10 a.m.

“William Schave, 55, of Anchorage was driving a 1992 Mitsubishi Montero northbound on the Glenn Highway when for some unknown reason he lost control of the vehicle,” Ipsen wrote in an email to Channel 2. “The vehicle crossed through the median and hit the pavement barrier on the southbound lane and rolled into a (Peterbilt) semi towing two flatbed trailers.”

Ipsen says that despite evasive maneuvers by the semi truck’s driver, 37-year-old Anchorage man James Portch, Schave’s Montero “rolled several times” and struck the semi, which was carrying one of the flatbed trailers stacked on the other, behind the driver’s-side door. The truck stopped on the shoulder, while the Montero ended up on the west side of the southbound lanes.

Portch was wearing a seat belt and uninjured. It wasn’t immediately clear Tuesday whether Schave, who was injured and taken to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center by medics, was wearing one as well.

“(Schave’s) pretty injured, but he was talking on scene,” Ipsen said.

The crash temporarily closed one lane of the Glenn inbound at the end of Tuesday’s rush hour, with a tow truck clearing the scene as of 11:30 a.m.

Troopers don’t believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.