Officer Injured In Glenn Highway Collision
Officer Randy Hughes had been driving inbound on the highway when a rented 2011 Chrysler slammed into his patrol car just before 2 a.m.
An Anchorage police officer was seriously injured when a vehicle driving outbound in the inbound lanes of the Glenn Highway smashed into his patrol car early this morning.
Dispatch first recieved reports of a silver sedan driving the wrong way at 1:49 a.m. when multiple drivers called to report the vehicle.
One driver said they had been run off the road, and another said the sedan was speeding directly into oncoming traffic.
Officer Randy Hughes had been driving inbound on the highway near Highland Road when, minutes later, the rented 2011 Chrysler slammed into his patrol car.
Police said the sedan immediately burst into flames, and Hughes was pinned inside his patrol car with major injuries to his foot and pelvis.
Officer Daniel Sturkie had responded to the scene, and was able to break a window in the sedan and pull the driver, 49-year-old Gregory Fulling, to safety.
Hughes was also pulled from his vehicle, and both drivers were taken to a local hospital.
Originally from Marysville, Wash., Fulling is still being treated for his injuries. Police said they're unsure if alcohol was a factor in the crash, and the investigation is ongoing.
Officier Hughes remains hospitalized at Alaska Regional Hospital with mulitple factures, cuts and scrapes. He will require additional treatment and rehabilitation for his injuries.
The driver, Fulling, suffered skull fractures in the crash and remains in the hospital but police say his injuries are nonlife threatening.
For the time being, Fulling is not facing any charges.
The highway was closed for several hours after the crash, but was reopened at 6:30 a.m