Single-vehicle crash leaves young woman and teenager dead, 2 young men seriously injured

Two people were flown to Seattle.

A Juneau Police Department release clarified the genders of the deceased. The article has been updated to reflect this information.

One 19-year-old woman and one 15-year-old boy are dead, and two men are in critical condition after a Thursday morning single-vehicle wreck just past mile marker 20 on Glacier Highway.

The injured men are 18 and 19 years old, and they have been admitted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. They are both in intensive care and in critical condition, according to Susan Gregg, the hospital’s public information officer. JPD has not yet released the names of those involved in the wreck and are giving the next of kin time to make any personal notifications they need to, said Erann Kalwara, Juneau Police Department public information officer.

The initial call reporting the wreck came at 6:53 a.m. from a woman near Cohen Drive, according to a release from JPD. The caller reported a woman was laying outside the vehicle, a red GMC SUV, and was not breathing. The caller performed dispatcher-assisted CPR on the woman.

Juneau Police Department officers document a single-vehicle wreck near Mile 20 Glacier Highway that left 2 dead and 2 in critical condition on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Juneau Police Department officers document a single-vehicle wreck near Mile 20 Glacier Highway that left 2 dead and 2 in critical condition on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Another passerby found two additional passengers unconscious inside the vehicle and a man unconscious and not breathing outside the vehicle. Kalwara said chest compressions were performed on the man outside the vehicle.

“It was a single-vehicle accident with four occupants,” said Capital City Fire/Rescue Assistant Chief Ed Quinto in a phone interview. “We transported two occupants and left the other two on scene for JPD to investigate.”

Kalwara said that when JPD and CCFR personnel arrived on scene, they pronounced the man and woman found outside the vehicle deceased. CCFR personnel removed the two injured men from the vehicle and transported them to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Juneau Police Department officers document a single-vehicle wreck near Mile 20 Glacier Highway that left 2 dead and 2 in critical condition on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Juneau Police Department officers document a single-vehicle wreck near Mile 20 Glacier Highway that left 2 dead and 2 in critical condition on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

The vehicle was on the shoulder of the road, and it appears to have struck a power pole, Kalwara said.

Quinto said there were some nearby residents who heard the wreck and went to render assistance. The road is currently closed and investigators are on scene, said Lt. Krag Campbell in an email.

A single-vehicle wreck near Mile 20 Glacier Highway left two dead and two in critical condition on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

A single-vehicle wreck near Mile 20 Glacier Highway left two dead and two in critical condition on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

“The word is that there’s two people in critical condition and they’re being medevac’d to Seattle,” said Bartlett Regional Hospital spokesperson Katie Bausler.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, Campbell said.


• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757-621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.


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