Anchorage hiker impaled by arrow left on hiking trail in Cooper Landing

Published: Sep. 7, 2018 at 7:12 AM AKDT
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Thursday, a National Guard helicopter flew to a trail in Cooper Landing to rescue a woman authorities say was injured by an arrow which had been left on the trail.

The woman, Janis Bronson, age 59 of Anchorage, was hiking on the Lower Russian Lakes trail, and had gotten around 5 miles from the trailhead when she was impaled by an arrow, according to an Alaska State Trooper report.

According to AST, the arrow was left behind on the trail. Exactly where the arrow was left, and how it came to injure the woman, was not immediately clear. KTUU has reached out to troopers for clarification.

Following the injury, Bronson was attended to by troopers as well as volunteers with Moose Pass Fire and Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department, which responded to the scene.

In the end though, it was a National Guard helicopter that hoised Bronson up and took her to Providence Alaska Medical Center for treatment. Her injury was described as non-life threatening, though it was not specified where she was injured.