A 40-year-old man was entrapped and badly hurt Friday when his car collided with a semi truck on the Parks Highway south of Cantwell, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The collision involving Fairbanks resident Gary Hart was reported at about 11 a.m. near Mile 176 of the Parks, according to a trooper dispatch.

“The report stated that it involved a sedan and a tractor-trailer and that the driver of the sedan was injured and entrapped in his vehicle,” troopers wrote.

Troopers said medics extricated Hart, who was taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage with injuries “that are considered serious.” Providence staff said he was in fair condition Saturday afternoon.

An AST investigation of the crash determined that Hart’s 2010 Chevrolet Malibu had been headed north when it crossed the center line and struck the trailer of a 2015 Peterbilt semi headed south.

The online dispatch thanked Cantwell and Trapper Creek volunteer firefighters for their help with the response, and “urges all motorists to drive appropriately to Alaska's sometimes difficult traveling conditions.”

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