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Story last updated at 6:46 PM on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Three injured in weekend car crash

A collision between a car and a semi-tractor trailer on Saturday sent three people to the hospital and shut down the Sterling Highway north of Ninilchik for seven hours.

According to the Alaska State Troopers, just before noon on Nov. 5, Diane Hively, 59, of Homer, lost control of her 2004 Jeep Liberty while heading north between Ninilchik and Clam Gulch near Mile 126 Sterling Highway.

The Jeep hit a guardrail and then was hit by a southbound semi-tractor truck towing a flatbed trailer driven by Iosefa Tito, 38, of Anchorage.

Hively was trapped in her car and the tractor-trailer jackknifed, blocking the road.

"Luckily, no one suffered life-threatening injuries," said trooper spokesperson Beth Ipsen.

Two witnesses gave first aid to the victims until responders from Ninilchik Emergency Medical Services arrived.

A LifeMed helicopter took Hively to Central Peninsula Hospital, Soldotna, with reported serious injuries. She was later reported to not have life-threatening injuries.

Ninilchik EMS took Tito and his passenger, an Anchorage woman, Silifu Tito, 38, to South Peninsula Hospital, also with non life-threatening injuries.

The highway remained closed until 7 p.m. until the semi-tractor trailer could be removed. Troopers said the weather was sunny with ice and snow on the road.