Pickup hits sled dog team in KGB Road crash
A collision Tuesday morning on Knik-Goose Bay Road sent one vehicle crashing into a sled dog team, according to first responders.
Ken Barkley, the Mat-Su Borough’s deputy chief of emergency services, said the collision shortly after 11 a.m. occurred near Mile 14 of the road. Barkley said the area where the crash occurred is routinely used by mushers for training.
Alaska State Troopers say an SUV rear-ended a pickup. The truck rolled twice and ended up in the ditch, hitting a mushing team that was running by. The driver of the SUV was transported from the scene with unknown injuries, according to AST.
The road at the time of the crash was slick, with black ice in some spots. A dog team crossing sign was posted several hundred yards from where the collision happened.
Berington said at the scene that Knolmayer was running a team ahead of her. When the two heard a car coming from behind. They stopped their teams, turned around and saw the truck -- which rolled between them and struck the two lead dogs of Berington's team.
The struck dogs will need surgery in Anchorage for shoulder injuries, according to Berington, but should be OK.
Heather Hintze and Lauren Maxwell contributed information to this story.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story stated Berington was running a dog sled. It is unclear what kind of training equipment was being used at the time of the crash.
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