One vehicle was a total loss in a three-car accident on the Parks Highway on Monday morning. That vehicle’s owner was issued citations for “driving left of center in a no passing zone and for failure to exercise due care to avoid a collision,” troopers say.
At 11:12 am, troopers responded to a report they received of a motor vehicle collision involving three vehicles at mile 200 of the Parks Highway.
When troopers arrived on the scene and conducted their investigation, they concluded that 26-year-old Samuel Clark, of Fairbanks was northbound on the Parks, in his 2010 Ford F-250, when he attempted to pass a semi, and crossed the double solid yellow center line when he did so. He did not see another semi, driven by 45-year-old Nathan Pederson, approaching in the opposite direction.
Clark impacted the oncoming semi, ripping off its grill. The grill was thrown into the northbound lane directly into a Toyota Sienna, driven by 72-year-old North Pole resident, Henry Bartos.
Both the Sienna, and the F-250, ended up in the ditch on the east side of the highway, but the driver of the semi was able to regain control of his vehicle and come to a stop on the highway.
EMS responded to the scene and treated Clark for minor lacerations, the rooper dispatch reported.
While the Sienna and the F-250 were towed from the scene, the semi was able to move to a nearby pullout to await a tow truck. The F-250 was deemed a total loss.
Clark was the only driver to receive citations in the incident.[xyz-ihs snippet=”Adsense-responsive”]