The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Duck Flats crash caught by dash cam by incoming vehicle

Police say driver lost control of vehicle, cause is still under investigation


October 4, 2017

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Police are still investigating the cause of this single-vehicle accident that occurred on the Duck Flats Wednesday morning.

Video of a car crashing into the Duck Flats last Wednesday is making the rounds on Facebook.

A dash cam installed in the vehicle driven by Steve Revis, who was driving into town from 10 Mile last Wednesday morning, recorded the late model sedan as it careened off of the highway and into standing water just past the Salmon Turnaround.

Several motorists also witnessed the single-vehicle accident.

Police said in a prepared statement Monday that the cause of the crash is under investigation.

"Following a preliminary investigation, it appears the driver of the vehicle lost control and left the roadway," police said in a press release issued by the city's public information officer, Allie Ferko.

Becky Wade said she saw a bear on the Duck Flats and decided to turn around and take a photograph of it. As she was when she saw the car swerve in front of her vehicle - which was parked on the side of the highway - and it rolled across the bike path and into the tide flats, making a large splash.

The back wheels of the vehicle continued to spin after the car became mired in the muck and witnesses say steam and/or smoke began to waft from the vehicle's front hood.

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The driver - and sole occupant of the vehicle - later walked through the water to a waiting stretcher, with the aid of emergency responders.

As witnesses already on the scene debated whether or not to brave the waters to aid the vehicle occupant ahead of emergency responders, a Good Samaritan appeared on the scene and waded down to the car. She relayed information regarding the condition of the sole occupant of the vehicle to bystanders on cell phones who were in contact with emergency dispatch at the police department.

The driver, later identified as a 31-year-old female, was responsive but likely in shock.

Crews from the Valdez Fire Department eventually helped the driver walk through the swampy water to a stretcher before she was taken to Providence Valdez Medical Center by ambulance.

Revis said he did not remember that he may have caught footage of the crash on his car's dash cam until later in the day.

Footage can be viewed on the Valdez Star Facebook page.


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