FWW Soldier Injured in Auto Accident


Alaska State Troopers say a soldier is hospitalized with life–threatening injuries after he was struck by a truck near Salcha.
Troopers say the truck driver, 20–year–old Forrest Hermanns of Tok, was hauling a trailer loaded with logs for sale Tuesday afternoon on the northbound Richardson Highway.
Troopers say road conditions were icy when Hermanns' pickup struck an Army Humvee that was turning into a parking lot to the Midway Lodge.
According to troopers, the truck went into the parking lot and struck 20–year–old Zachary New as he exited a parked Humvee.
The truck then struck two parked Stryker armored vehicles.
New, who is assigned to Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, was listed in critical condition yesterday at Providence Alaska Medical Center.
Troopers say Hermanns was not injured.
Troopers continue to investigate.
Last week, another accident involving a military vehicle.
Army soldier Joshua Anderson was driving a stryker vehicle that collided with a van, injuring the vans driver.
Officials told Newscenter 11 "For anybody who lives in Alaska especially the Alaskan Interior with negative fifty degree temperatures last week have experienced degraded road conditions in fact to travel on those kinds of roads with or without winter tires and it does affect the way civilian vehicles and tracker vehicles behave on the roads. We make sure that we teach our soldiers and train our soldiers on how to mitigate the risk of having an accident in these kinds of conditions."