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Story last updated at 5:21 PM on Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Homer women thrown from truck, survives crash

By Michael Armstrong
Staff Writer

A Homer woman thrown from her truck in a weekend car crash near the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik had to be taken by ambulance to Central Peninsula Hospital on Sunday. Although she did not wear her seat belt, Karen Kuchinski, 58, did not suffer life threatening injuries, the Alaska State Troopers said in a press release. The crash slowed traffic for about an hour as troopers and Ninilchik Emergency Medical Services responded. Troopers rerouted traffic around the scene.

The three-car crash started about 11:30 a.m. Aug. 19 when Kuchinski, driving north in her Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, stopped to make a left turn near Mile 135 Sterling Highway. Troopers allege Jason Harvey, 19, of Ninilchik, driving a Nissan Pathfinder behind Kuchinski, rear ended the truck, pushing it into oncoming traffic. A Mercury Mountaineer driven by Charles Bartlett, 34, of Washington state, hit Kuchinski's truck head on, knocking a front tire off. Witnesses described the truck as "twirling in the air," said trooper spokesperson Megan Peters. The crash ejected Kuchinski. Harvey also did not wear his seat belt and had minor injuries, troopers said. He was treated at the scene and released.

Bartlett and his six passengers did not report any injuries.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.