Contact: Lt. David Parker
On July 14, 2010 at 10:26 a.m., Anchorage Police were dispatched to an accident involving a semi-truck and another vehicle on Dimond Boulevard and C Street. APD Dispatch received several calls of a semi-truck turning over in the middle of the intersection.
When police arrived they found a semi truck flipped onto its side up against the power pole and the load of steel pipes the truck was carrying was dumped all over the road. The driver of the semi-truck, Joseph Pazsint, 38, was trapped inside but not injured. Behind the semi truck was a Toyota Tacoma, driven by Matthew Conley, 35. Conley told police that he saw the semi attempt to make a turn from southbound C Street to eastbound Dimond Boulevard when the load began to shift and fall; Conley took evasive action, backing up rapidly to avoid being struck by the steel pipes. In the process, he struck the vehicle behind him causing minor damage. Officers on scene said Conley would have most likely been seriously injured or killed had he not been paying attention.
As a result of the accident, the northbound lanes of C Street just south of the intersection of Dimond Blvd. were closed and traffic was disrupted until almost 1:00 p.m.
Pazsint was cited for improperly secured load.
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