A damaged vehicle is pulled away by a tow truck after an afternoon car crash at the Fred Meyer intersection on Friday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

A damaged vehicle is pulled away by a tow truck after an afternoon car crash at the Fred Meyer intersection on Friday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Car crash injures two at Fred Meyer intersection

Afternoon crash sends one driver to the hospital while another drove off on his own

A car crash at Fred Meyer intersection sent a woman to the hospital and left a man with bandages on his head during peak drive time Friday afternoon on Egan Drive.

Capital City Fire/Rescue officer Tod Chambers said the woman was responsive but in pain after her vehicle collided with a silver and red pickup at the intersection. Responding officers had to extract the driver from her compact car with a hydraulic rescue tool known as the “jaws of life.”

“She was alert, conscious, responsive,” Chambers said. “She seemed like she was fairly stable.”

Chambers said it’s not known what injuries the woman sustained, if any.

The man, a middle age white man, drove off on his own to seek medical attention after CCFR determined he was safe to drive.

“He’s self extricated. He had a head laceration but it pretty much stopped bleeding,” Chambers said.

The pickup came to a stop in a median between the offramp to Juneau International Airport and the onramp to Egan Drive. The woman’s compact vehicle — which seemed to suffer the brunt of damage — remained in offramp to the airport. Both had to be towed from the scene.

Police extinguished a small fire before CCFR was able to get to the scene. Responding fire and rescue officers came from the airport CCFR station.

Juneau Police Department is still investigating how the crash happened. Small amounts of oil and debris from the crash were being picked up as of 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Inbound traffic on Egan Drive was slowed for about 45 minutes while officers dealt with the crime scene.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

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