1 injured after vehicle hits light pole near Hiland exit
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]