UPDATE: Multiple crashes slow traffic for Mat-Su commuters
Anchorage police have issued an update following the accident that shut down one lane of traffic early Wednesday.
In a community alert issued just after 7:30 a.m., APD said that inbound lanes of the Glenn Highway are "backed up from Anchorage to the Matanuska-Susitna Valley due to icy road conditions."
MJ Thim, spokesperson for APD, urged drivers to take it slow this morning. "Winter has come," Thim said.
In addition to the accident near Mirror Lake, APD reports multiple vehicles involved in similar collisions and sliding into ditches and the median.
"So far, none of the accidents have resulted in injuries, but it is slow going on the road, so we're asking drivers to practice defensive driving and be patient," Thim said.
Traffic was delayed during peak hours on the Glenn Highway just after 6 a.m. Wednesday, after a vehicle lost control and hit a guard rail. The accident is prompting police to ask the public to drive slowly during their morning commute.
According to a dispatch supervisor with the Anchorage Police Department, a car hit some ice and crashed into a guard rail near Mirror Lake, causing one lane of traffic to completely shut down.
The vehicle was moved and both lanes were opened, but still significantly slower, as the dispatcher said the vehicle's bumper was still hanging into the roadway.
A tow truck company has been called to retrieve the vehicle, and what's more, police are requesting emergency sand from the Department of Transportation due to the icy roads Wednesday morning.
No injuries were immediately reported by the driver of the vehicle.