Two hurt in car crash while trying to avoid moose
FAIRBANKS Ã¢Â€Â” A Fairbanks woman was seriously injured in a crash Thusday night on Farmers Loop when she tried to avoid a moose and spun into oncoming traffic.
Tammy L. Hartzog, 39, was listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital on Friday. She suffered a broken pelvis and back and internal injuries but is expected to recover, trooper Keenan Mulvaney said.
Hartzog was traveling west on Farmers Loop when a moose ran into the road near McGrath Road at approximately 5:15 p.m., causing her to lose control of her 2005 Pontiac Vibe, Mulvaney said. The vehicle spun into oncoming traffic and collided with a 1996 Ford pickup driven by Ray Turney, 68, of Fairbanks, who was heading east.
Both vehicles received heavy damage, and Hartzog had to be removed from her car by emergency personnel.
Turney was traveling about 40 mph at the time of the crash, and HartzogÃ¢Â€Â™s injuries could have been more severe had he been going faster, Mulvaney said.
Ã¢Â€ÂœShe was lucky he wasnÃ¢Â€Â™t going 55 or 60,Ã¢Â€Â the trooper said.
Hartzog and Turney were transported to the hospital. Turney was treated and released later that night, according to a nursing supervisor.
Hartzog did avoid hitting the moose, according to a witness who was traveling behind her, Mulvaney said.
Both Hartzog and Turney were wearing seatbelts and airbags deployed in both vehicles. The two vehicles were totaled.
The accident forced troopers to close the east bound traffic on Farmers Loop for approximately two hours.
Alcohol was not a factor in the accident and no violations were issued, Mulvaney said.
It was the second serious Interior accident involving a driver who was swerving to avoid a moose in the past week.
On Sunday, a Fairbanks woman who was a passenger in a pickup truck died when the driver swerved to dodge a moose on the Parks Highway near Healy and skidded into the ditch, causing the truck to roll several times.
Diane Schultz, 45, who was not wearing a seat belt, was killed after being ejected from the truck driven by Margaret Stone, 51. Stone was transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Hard to say if she would have faired any better if she had just hit the moose instead, those things are huge.