FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Motorists on the Steese Expressway near downtown Fairbanks this weekend were surprised to find they were sharing the road with... a runaway dog team.
On Sunday, musher Gwen Holdman was giving a local boy a taste of Alaska's state sport on the Chena River near Graehl Landing.
She says the team hit an exposed patch of ice and the sled turned on its side, dumping its human passengers.
The team kept running up the bank at the Graehl boat launch, then took two right turns and found itself on the Steese Expressway heading south toward Airport Way.
Holdman says some of the six-dog team's members had run the Iditarod before, and she joked that they made an impromptu decision to go to Nome.
Fortunately, everyone involved came through the incident okay.
Holdman says it was scary at the time, but she's thankful community members were able to stop the team safely.
Gwen Holdman; Runaway Team Owner>>"I was really worried they were going to get hit by a car, you know. I mean, I was terrified. There were a lot of things that could have gone wrong, you know, in a situation. I really never had a team get loose like in an area where there's traffic before like that. I was just so relieved they were fine and it just ended well. And it's just so great to have good people around here that are willing to chip in and help when there's an emergency like that."