Boy hospitalized after falling into Girdwood area creek

Alaska State Troopers say a 5-year-old boy is in critical condition Saturday after he apparently slipped in the water near Girdwood and was carried downstream.

KTUU reports that the unidentified boy went missing Friday afternoon while he was playing near Glacier Creek where it crosses under Seward Highway. His mother told troopers she went to put another child in the car and turned to find the boy gone.

Emergency crews from several agencies searched for the boy and found him in the water on mudflats at the creek’s runoff.

A portion of Seward Highway near Girdwood was shut down briefly Friday so the child could be airlifted out of the area.

Troopers say the boy was taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage with life threatening injuries.