On December 24, Alaska State Troopers, Sutton Fire & Rescue and Mat-Su Borough EMS responded to Mile 70 on the Glenn Highway for a reported roll-over with injuries. Initial investigation revealed a GMC Yukon was southbound when it left the roadway. The vehicle became airborne before hitting the ground and rolling multiple times before coming to a stop. An unrestrained rear seat passenger was ejected and the vehicle landed on top of him pinning him underneath. Upon being extricated, it was discovered he was deceased. The driver was reportedly wearing a seatbelt and transported to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.
Report taken from Alaska State Troopers Dispatch.
Passenger Safety Tip
Be mindful of proper seat belt usage. For adults, shoulder harnesses should be worn across the shoulder and chest with minimal slack. Never wear it behind you back or under your arm. The lap belt should be snug and low across your hips. Remember, air bags offer additional protection but aren’t a substitute for seat belts. For example, in a rollover crash, an air bag won’t keep you in your seat.
Motorists are expected to use a reasonable amount of care on the road. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident due to someone else’s lack of care- or negligence- you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries or other damages. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the personal injury lawyers at Paskvan & Ringstad, P.C. as soon as possible.