Juneau police: 2 people dead after single-car wreck near Cohen Drive

Update (Friday, 6 p.m.) — Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO

Friday evening, the Juneau Police Department identified alcohol and speed as factors in the crash. Some family members already suspected alcohol played a role. (Read more.)

Original story

The Juneau Police Department reports that two people have died in a single-car crash near Cohen Drive Thursday morning. Additionally, two people who were in the car were medevaced out of Juneau.

Police have not yet identified the people involved by name. In an update Thursday afternoon, Juneau police said they notified the families of a 19-year-old male driver, 18-year-old male passenger, 19-year-old deceased female and 15-year-old deceased male.

Police said the vehicle was a GMC SUV.

The first 911 call about crash came at 6:53 a.m. Police say the SUV appears to have struck a power pole. That knocked power out for Alaska Electric Light & Power customers north of Cohen Drive.

Utility spokesperson Debbie Driscoll estimated the outage affected roughly 100 to 150 customers.

Repair work to replace the utility pole was delayed for several hours as police attended to the scene of the accident. By late Thursday afternoon, AEL&P announced that power had been restored to the affected customers.

This story has been updated. A previous version was provided by the Associated Press.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that two women died and two men are in critical condition. According to the Juneau Police Department, one woman died and one man died. Two men were medevaced for further treatment.

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