• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 56s

Injuries reported in Richardson Highway crash

By KTVA CBS 11 News 1:18 PM January 10, 2014

The driver -- who was pinned inside the bus by the crash -- was the most seriously injured, troopers said.

Update Friday, 7 p.m.

The bus involved in the crash is owned by Unique Bus Charters and was driven by Vernon Brown, 72, southbound on the Richardson Highway with Skyview and Kenai Central High School cross-country ski teams. Brown was extricated from the bus by firefighters, troopers said, and later medavaced to Providence Alaska Medical Center because of the severity of his injuries.

Students were transported to Valdez by a First Student bus.

The DOT trailer was driven by James Woodhouse, 60, of Valedez. He was transported to a local hospital, troopers said. An investigation is ongoing.

The teams will not compete in the Valdez Invitational on Saturday, and all their parents and guardians have been contacted, according to a statement from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. A replacement Unique Charters bus will pick them up Saturday.

Update Friday, 4:30 p.m.

Three people were injured when a bus carrying Kenai students rear-ended a transportation department truck near mile 55 of the Richardson Highway around noon, said Beth Ipsen, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman.

There were approximately 49 people on the bus, bound for a cross-country ski meet in Valdez. Blowing snow on the road prevented the driver of the bus from seeing the semi brake in front of him, Ipsen said. The driver — who was pinned inside the bus by the crash — was the most seriously injured, she said. A student who was thrown against the seat in front of him and the semi driver, who complained of back pain, were also taken to Valdez by ambulance.

The driver of the bus was originally going to be flown to Anchorage for treatment, Ipsen said, but blowing snow prevented helicopter travel in the area.

Original story

ANCHORAGE – Alaska State Troopers said there are reports of injuries in a bus crash outside Valdez Friday afternoon.

Tim DeSpain, an AST spokesman, said troopers are responding to the crash near mile 32 of the Richardson Highway. Poor cellphone and radio reception in the area makes communication difficult, DeSpain said, and troopers are unsure how many people were on board at the time of the crash or the extent of any injuries.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities reports “fair” driving conditions in the area of the crash Friday.

This is a developing story.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Kenai borough overturns mayor’s veto of invocation rules

    by Associated Press on Oct 28, 7:20

    The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has voted to override the mayor’s veto of a new policy on invocations at assembly meetings. The Peninsula Clarion reports the assembly revised its policy earlier this month to only allow members of religious groups with an established borough presence to give the invocation at the start of each meeting. Borough […]

  • Politics

    Libertarian vice presidential candidate in Alaska to campaign for Gary Johnson

    by Daniella Rivera on Oct 27, 22:11

    With less than two weeks to election day, it’s crunch time for campaigns. Thursday, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s running mate, became the first candidate on a 2016 presidential ticket to make a campaign stop in Alaska. During a town hall event he told voters they’re aiming for the White House and […]

  • Lifestyle

    The Hungry Chum: Kava’s is more than pancakes, it’s aloha

    by The Hungry Chum on Oct 27, 21:35

    The red vinyl covering the seat of the booth groaned as I reached for my yellow mug of diner coffee. Suddenly, my weekend morning (OK, early afternoon) was interrupted by a wave of recollection: driving in a white Jeep on a road that hugged the ocean, windows down and music up. Much to the dismay […]

  • News

    APD asking for public’s help locating vulnerable adult

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 27, 21:02

    The Anchorage Police Department (APD) is asking for the public’s help locating a 33-year-old man with mental health conditions. According to a release from the department, Jason Bailey was last seen leaving a Mountain View assisted living home, on the 3700 block of Parsons Avenue, Wednesday. Police said he left the home at 12:30 p.m. […]

  • News

    Anchorage airport wants to charge city to use snow dump

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 27, 20:16

    Many Alaskans are crossing their fingers for more snow this winter but some city officials may feel differently. That’s because there could be one less place to put the snow if Anchorage gets a lot of it. Alan Czajkowski is the director of Maintenance and Operations for Anchorage. Czajkowski said for more than 25 years […]

  • Politics

    Behind the Ballot: Ray Metcalfe for US Senate

    by Liz Raines on Oct 27, 19:44

    He’s known by many as “Disco Ray,” a nickname he earned dancing at the Baranof Hotel in Juneau, while serving in the Alaska House in the early 1980s. Now, Ray Metcalfe calls himself the “anti-corruption candidate,” for U.S. Senate. “You can get change with this if you take it to the ballot box and vote,” […]

  • News

    FBI teams up with local law enforcement for child abduction training

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 27, 18:29

    Agents from the FBI teamed up with police officers and troopers from around Alaska to conduct an intensive training to respond to a child abduction. Training scenario: At 7:50 a.m., a 9-year-old girl went missing near DeArmoun Road and Specking Road. Law enforcement officers turned a local church into a command post to begin the […]

  • On-Air

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: What’s in a name?

    by John Tracy on Oct 27, 16:57

    The residents of Utqiaġvik have about four more weeks of sunrises until the sun disappears for another winter. Utqiaġvik is the Inupiat name for Barrow and, as voters recently decided, will be the official name of Alaska’s northernmost village. The vote was close — passage came by just six votes. Many of those opposed to the […]