One for the road: Beer truck crash litters Glenn Highway with kegs, 6-packs
Dozens of kegs and hundreds of bottles of Alaskan Brewing Co. beer were strewn across the Glenn Highway after a semi-truck crashed Tuesday morning.
The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. at the bottom of a hill near mile 107, according to an online Alaska State Trooper (AST) dispatch. The driver was identified by troopers as 46-year-old Dante Cuaresma. Emergency responders transported Cuaresma from the scene with injured that were not life-threatening, according to the dispatch.
The truck was carrying two trailers, one of which was completely destroyed in the crash, troopers said. The other was damaged.
Matanuska-Susitna Borough spokeswoman Patty Sullivan said no other vehicles were involved and no one else was injured by the crash.
Troopers said Alaska Lynden Transport, which owns the trailers, responded to the crash site to help with cleanup, as well as the Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) and Public Facilities’ Measurement Standards and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement unit.
Other DOT personnel were on scene to help control traffic, as several lanes of the highway were closed leaving one lane for drivers headed in both directions, AST spokeswoman Megan Peters said. She asked drivers to use caution and expect delays.
Alaskan Brewing Co. spokesman Will Race said the shipment was insured, so it will not be a hit to the company. He said their first priority was finding out what happened and how Cuaresma was doing. He said the Alaska Lynden Transport drivers are like family.
“We can brew more beer but can’t replace the driver,” he said.
Race said the beer that spilled was heading to the Valley and the company is working on a replacement shipment. He did not immediately have information on how much beer was lost.
Correction: An earlier version of this report incorrectly stated the crash occurred on the Parks Highway. This has been amended.
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