Law enforcement: Despite icy roads, police and troopers respond to few traffic incidents
Many drivers woke up Monday morning with a text message from the Anchorage Police Department (APD), which warned them of less-than-ideal conditions.
“Very slick roads this morning due to freezing and moisture on the roads, use caution,” the message received at about 4:45 a.m. read. And despite those conditions during the morning commute, which followed rain over the weekend, both APD and Alaska State Troopers (AST) say that as of 10:20 a.m. traffic related incidents have been relatively low-key.
“It is slick and people seem to know it,” trooper spokesperson Megan Peters said. “Sounds like everything has been slow speed, so that is good.”
According to Peters, AST has responded to four vehicles in distress and four vehicle collisions since about 5:30 a.m. At 6:55 a.m., on Church and Pittman roads in Wasilla, a school bus — with children on board — collided with a van, Peters said. She said medics responded, but no injuries were reported.
In Anchorage, officers responded to a few more incidents, although police spokesperson Anita Shell said shortly before 10:30 a.m. that there were no life-threatening injuries reported.
Since 12 a.m. APD has responded to 13 vehicles in distress, as well as 13 collisions, seven of which were injury accidents. The incidents took place across Anchorage and on the Glenn Highway.
Shortly after 9 a.m. police sent out a public alert, warning drivers of road closures in inbound and outbound lanes of the Glenn Highway, near the Birchwood exits, for rollover accidents.
Shell said there were no injuries reported in the incidents.
KTVA meteorologist Rachel Penton said temperatures Monday will move back into the 40s, but the temperature will drop back to freezing at night, possibly creating similar conditions for the Tuesday commute.
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