3 ejected, injured after truck hits tree in Fairview
A single-vehicle crash early Saturday in Fairview left three people injured according to Anchorage police, who say impairment and seat-belt use were apparent factors.
Just after 6:30 a.m., according to police spokesman MJ Thim, dispatchers were informed of the rollover wreck involving a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck at 13th Avenue and Juneau Street. The man at the wheel and both passengers – another man and a woman – were ejected in the crash.
“The preliminary investigation found the vehicle collided with a tree at the intersection, hit a fence and then flipped over,” Thim wrote. “All three weren’t wearing their seat belt.”
All three people were taken to local hospitals, with the driver and one passenger suffering life-threatening injuries.
Thim said Saturday afternoon that the vehicle’s direction of travel wasn’t clear, in part because the collision brought the tree down across Juneau Street.
“Officers believe the driver was operating under the influence,” Thim said, adding that toxicology testing was under way to determine what substance or substances the driver may have been affected by.