A driver was arrested Sunday afternoon after a multi-vehicle collision closed the Parks Highway for more than four hours.

The Fairbanks Police Department, with the help of the Alaska State Troopers, eventually apprehended the driver, 28-year-old Kyianna Amber Rhodes, after she originally failed to stop for police.

A release from FPD reported that a police officer observed Rhodes driving "recklessly" and attempted a traffic stop at which point Rhodes failed to stop and "continued to drive in a reckless manner" eventually colliding with another vehicle at Milepost 345.5 of the Parks Highway.

One person involved in the wreck was transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with injuries, according to city of Fairbanks spokeswoman Teal Soden, who spoke on behalf of the Police Department. No information on the nature of the injuries was released.

Rhodes is charged with vehicle theft, failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer, reckless driving, assault and leaving the scene of an accident.

Police used aerial drones to take footage of the collision area as part of an ongoing investigation, Soden noted.

FPD and Troopers continue to investigate the incident.


* Fairbanks Police Department sent out alerts between 1:24 p.m. and 1:39 p.m. Sunday reporting multiple closures on the Parks Highway at mileposts 340, 342 and 350.5.

* A driver from Healy, on their way to Fairbanks, reported a wait of more than an hour before turning around to find a place to eat. The driver was told the road would "maybe" be open by the time they returned.

* Another Healy resident reported reported waiting for nearly two and a half hours.

* The Police Department reported that police activity had concluded and the road was open for traffic at 5:39 p.m.

This story will be updated as more information comes available.

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