1 injured after vehicle hits light pole near Hiland exit

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 13:44
  • Rescuers from the Anchorage Fire Department work to pull a person from the wreckage of a vehicle that struck a light pole on the southbound Glenn Highway Hiland Road exit on Friday, May 5, 2017 near Ealge River, Alaska. AFD said the person was taken to a local hospital by ambulance in critial condition. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Rescuers from the Anchorage Fire Department load a victim into an ambulance following a single-vehicle crash on the southbound Glenn Highway Hiland Road exit on Friday, May 5, 2017 near Eagle River, Alaska. Officials said one person was transported to a local hospital in cricial condition. (Star photo/Matt Tunseth)

A 38-year-old Eagle River man was taken to an Anchorage hospital in critical condition Friday after his vehicle struck a light pole head-on in the grassy area between the Hiland Road off-ramp and the southbound Glenn Highway.

The crash was first reported to the Anchorage Fire Department around 10:30 a.m., an AFD dispatch supervisor said. Crews from Eagle River’s Station 11 were at the scene within four minutes, according to AFD assistant chief Erich Scheunemann. Firefighters worked to free the driver, 38-year-old Jay Zebrasky, for more than half an hour before loading him into a waiting ambulance shortly after 11 a.m. Zebrasky was the sole occupant of the silver Nissan XTerra SUV.

The vehicle was heavily damaged after appearing to strike the pole head-on on the driver’s side. About a dozen AFD personnel extricated Zebrasky from the wreckage and loaded him into a waiting ambulance parked on the nearby exit.

The inbound Hiland Road exit was temporarily closed during the emergency response, according to a Nixle public information notice from the Anchorage Police Department.

Scheunemann had no immediate information about the cause of the crash, which happened in broad daylight on dry roads.

On Monday, little evidence of the crash remained aside from some minor damage to the light pole, the larger of two types used alongside the highway, and there were no visible skid marks in the grassy median leading to the crash site.

Star editor Matt Tunseth contributed to this report. Contact Star reporter Kirsten Swann at [email protected]

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