Alaska State Trooper injured in crash while on duty
An Alaska State Trooper who made several appearances on the National Geographic Channel’s show about troopers was injured during a collision with another vehicle.
Trooper Ryan Mau was responding to a report of a dead moose at 11:13 p.m. on Saturday near Milepost 1421 of the Alaska Highway when the collision occurred. Two other vehicles were involved, including a charity-operated SUV called to the scene to claim the moose, according to an online dispatch.
A Mercedes-Benz sedan, driven by 20-year-old Ivan Rybak, of Delta Junction, struck the SUV while it was stopped on the eastbound shoulder of the highway near the moose. The SUV had its hazard lights on at the time of the collision.
Rybak’s vehicle then ricocheted into Mau’s vehicle, which was parked on the opposite side of the highway. Mau’s vehicle, which had its emergency lights on, was pushed into the ditch by the impact.
Mau was in the front seat of his vehicle when the collision occurred, troopers said. He was transported to a Fairbanks hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He was later released, according to AST spokeswoman Beth Ipsen.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing.
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