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Late Sunday Night Crash Seriously Injures Two from Wasilla

Published On: Jun 09 2014 08:22:49 AM AKDT   Updated On: Jun 09 2014 08:22:00 AM AKDT

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A late-night Sunday rollover accident caused a brief closure of Knik Goose Bay Road when a helicopter was required to land on the highway and transport the occupants of the vehicle.

Troopers responded to mile 11.8 of Knik Goose Bay Rd. after receiving the report of the single vehicle crash around 11:28 p.m.

Upon arrival Troopers say they discovered the vehicle had gone off the road into a ditch when the driver, later identified as Kurt Jarmer, 39 of Wasilla, lost control while traveling around a curve in the road. According to Troopers, after going off of the road the vehicle struck a raised driveway, causing it to roll several times.

Jarmer and his passenger, 47-year-old Gary Brown of Wasilla, were both injured in the crash, Troopers say.

Jarmer was transported to an Anchorage hospital by aircraft emergency medical services. Brown would eventually be transported to Mat-Su Regional Hospital by Troopers after initially declining medical treatment, according to Troopers reports. Troopers say both occupants of the vehicle sustained serious injuries in the crash.

According to Troopers, alcohol is suspected to have played a factor in the accident. The investigation is ongoing.

Editor's Note: The story has been revised to reflect a reference to the Knik Goose Bay Road briefly closing, not the Parks Highway.