Man cited for causing Glenn pileup

Good Samaritan attempt goes bad


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Anchorage police say a man trying to alert another driver to a potential vehicle malfunction ended up causing a major accident on the Glenn Highway near the South Peters Creek exit on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

According to APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro, James Paul Crocker, 34, of Anchorage, was driving south toward the city in a red Dodge Neon when he “claimed to see sparks coming from a truck” driving in the left hand lane.

Crocker drove ahead of the truck, stopped near the exit, and exited his vehicle in an apparent attempt to warn the truck’s driver of the sparks. According to Castro, Crocker’s actions started a chain reaction that caused a third vehicle to hit the truck, forcing it into Crocker’s Neon. A motorcyclist trying to avoid the crash drove off the highway.

Castro said one person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries; Crocker was cited and released for reckless driving and driving without insurance.

Castro stressed that drivers should contact authorities when confronted with a potentially dangerous situation.

“The safe response for drivers in this type of situation would be to call APD dispatch, notify dispatch you are seeing a vehicle emitting sparks, and allow police to respond and safely pull the vehicle over to avoid creating further hazards on the road,” Castro wrote in a press release.

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