Campaign launched for American man injured in Alaska Highway crash

An online crowd funding campaign has been launched for the family of an American man seriously injured in a head-on collision on the Alaska Highway near Taylor earlier this month.

The campaign is looking to cover the costs of travel for the family of Eric Wade, who was injured in a head-on collision on the south Taylor hill on Oct. 5.

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Emergency crews had to use the jaws of life, and Wade was airlifted to hospital in Grande Prairie with two broken arms, a broken leg, and a collapsed lung, his mother Debbie says.

"He is doing as well as can be expected," she said.

Wade was traveling from Louisville, Kentucky, back home to Kasilof, Alaska, when his car collided with a pickup truck shortly after noon.

RCMP suspect impaired driving by drugs was a factor in the collision, and have said the driver of the truck is known to police.

The investigation continues, and no charges have been approved, according to a search of court records Monday.

Wade has a wife and 12-year-old son, his mother Debbie said. Plans are currently being arranged for their travel, she said.

"He is my only child. This has been a nightmare."

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