Palmer Trooper Injured in Accident During Vehicle in the Ditch Investigation

image08-04-2015 09.03.54A trooper was injured in a vehicle in the ditch assistance-turned-three vehicle collision on Thursday night along the Old Glenn Highway, the trooper dispatch reported on Friday.

A trooper responded to a vehicle in the ditch at mile 12.5 of the Old Glenn Highway at 9:42 pm Thursday night. As the trooper was investigating the incident and rendering aid, a 2002 Chevy Avalanche approached the scene. As he was doing so, the driver, identified as 34-year-old Oliver Kapusciok, spun out of control on the icy roadway and struck the trooper vehicle. Troopers report that “The collision caused the driver side door of the Trooper vehicle to slam on the leg of the involved Trooper as he attempted to get into his patrol vehicle to avoid being struck.”

The Avalanche, after striking the patrol car, then slammed into a 2010 Subaru Forester that was parked along the roadway as the driver of that vehicle was assisting the vehicle in the ditch.

The injured trooper was transported to the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries to his left leg and later released, troopers say.

The Trooper vehicle, the Avalanche and the Forester all suffered disabling damage and were towed from the scene.

The driver of the Avalanche was cited for basic speed.[xyz-ihs snippet=”Adsense-responsive”]