On Tuesday afternoon, in the community of Aleknagik, a commercial flatbed, carrying a load of lumber and mixed concrete overturned while traveling at mile 14 of the Aleknagik Lake Road, trapping the driver inside the vehicle.
The Alaska State Troopers, the Dillingham Fire Department, the Aleknagik Volunteer Fire Department and Commercial Vehicle ENforcement responded to the scene where rescue personnel extricated the driver, identified as Michael Bennett of Dillingham, from the vehicle. After being removed from the overturned vehicle, Bennett was transported to the Kanakanak Hospital as a precautionary measure. Once at the hospital, it was determined that Bennett suffered no serious injuries.
The trooper investigation at the scene determined that Bennett was traveling north from Dillingham to Aleknagik with his load when he lost control of the vehicle and went into the ditch on the southbound side of the road.
Troopers beleive that the flatbed semi suffered severe damages and may be considered totaled.
The incident remains under investigation.
Aleknagik, with its population at an estimated 220 residents, is located at the head of the Wood River 16 miles northwest of Dillingham and is named after the lake of the same name. “Aleknagik” means “wrong way” in Yupik.