Police say bystanders pulled victims from burning vehicles in Glenn crash

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 12:50
  • A worker looks at the damage to a Nissan Rogue involved in a multi-vehicle crash on the Glenn Highway near the Eagle River exit on Thursday, April 25, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Bystanders look at a damaged Nissan Rogue involved in a multi-vehicle crash on the Glenn Highway near the Eagle River exit on Thursday, April 25, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Members of the Anchorage Fire Department hose down the scene of a multi-vehicle crash on the Glenn Highway near the Eagle River exit on Thursday, April 25, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Workers clean up the scene of a multi-vehicle crash on the Glenn Highway near the Eagle River exit on Thursday, April 25, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

A fiery pile-up on the Glenn Highway caused only minor injuries thanks in part to the quick action of good Samaritans who helped pull crash victims from the burning wreckage.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokesman MJ Thim, six vehicles were involved in the crash, which happened at around 8 a.m. near the Eagle River exit at Artillery Road.

“We believe two vehicles were merging inbound from the South Eagle River exit, collided and it caused a domino effect,” Thim wrote in an email. “Two vehicles caught fire. Two adults were treated at the scene for minor injuries. I don’t know how many people were in each vehicle. They were all adults.”

Thim credited bystanders for helping get people out of the two burning vehicles.

“We’d like to thank the good Samaritans who stopped and help rescue people from their vehicle…specifically the two that were on fire.”

The highway was reopened by around 9:30 a.m.

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