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Ice chunk crushes vehicle on Alaska road; woman hurt

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Posted: Friday, April 6, 2012 6:42 pm | Updated: 1:48 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police and fire dispatchers say a chunk of ice fell Friday afternoon and crushed a vehicle on the Seward Highway just south of the city, temporarily trapping the woman driver.

The slide temporarily closed the highway. Police said one lane reopened for alternating traffic by Friday evening.

The Anchorage Daily News reports that firefighters freed the injured woman and took her to a hospital. The extent of her injuries was not immediately known.

A state Transportation Department spokeswoman says ice from nearby cliffs fell on the same section of highway just after noon Friday, partially blocking one lane, but was quickly cleared by a road crew.

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