Freezing rain slickens roads, snarls traffic across Anchorage
Police are warning people to be careful on roads across the Anchorage Bowl into Saturday evening, with numerous crashes reported amid freezing rain.
APD statements Saturday afternoon warned of “freezing rain and black ice” along both the Glenn and Seward highways, with crashes reported on both. One crash, recorded Saturday night on the Glenn by KTVA viewer Khampheng Scott on the Glenn between the Fort Richardson and Muldoon exits, involved an SUV spinning out of control amid other wrecks nearby.
“Please stay alert and use extreme caution and slower speeds,” police wrote.
A KTVA photographer saw an overturned SUV near DeBarr Road and Norene Street, in what appeared to be a non-injury collision.
APD spokeswoman Nora Morse said that between midnight and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, police have responded to 12 injury accidents, 43 non-injury accidents and 41 vehicles in distress.
“I just talked to a [sergeant] out there who said it's getting worse and worse,” Morse wrote in an email Saturday afternoon. “We really need people to slow down.”
A winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service was in effect until 8 p.m. for the Anchorage Bowl, calling for “hazardous driving conditions” throughout the area.
Alaska State Troopers said two hikers -- Anchorage residents Justin Johnson, 20, and Matthew Richardson, 21 -- suffered non-life-threatening injuries when they were trapped on Flattop at about 4 p.m. amid "heavy snow and 50 mph winds." They were found by state park rangers near Canyon Road and evaluated by medics, but both refused hospital treatment.
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