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3 injured in first serious accident at reconfigured Fairbanks intersection

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Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012 12:20 pm

FAIRBANKS - In what is believed to be the first serious accident since the Illinois Street traffic project was completed, three people suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Cushman Street and First Avenue on Wednesday.

The accident occurred at about 1:45 p.m. Fairbanks police officer Cory Rupe said the driver of a Ford Ranger was driving north on Cushman Street when he ran a red light and T-boned the passenger’s side of a Ford Aerostar traveling east on First Avenue.

“All the (Cushman Street) lights are on the same cycle except that last one at the bridge and it looks like he wasn’t paying attention and didn’t notice the light was red,” Rupe said.

The Ford Ranger was going an estimated 30 mph when it struck the van, which was traveling through the intersection.

Two of the three people in the van were sent to the hospital, as well as the driver of the Ford Ranger. None of the injuries appeared serious, Rupe said.

“One of the occupants of the van looked like he bumped his head and was unsteady on his feet and had some neck pain,” Rupe said. “It was the same thing with the driver of the Ford Ranger.”

A citation will be issued to the driver of the Ford Ranger for running a red light but no ticket had been written as of Thursday morning, Rupe said.

Neither driver was identified by police.

Contact the newsroom at 459-7572.

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