Sled Dog Racer, Dogs OK After Collision With Car

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In 2014 we introduced you to the Berington sisters, identical twins Anna and Kristy from Wisconsin who became sibling rival but best friend Iditarod mushers after moving to Alaska. On Tuesday morning, Kristy Berington on was involved in a harrowing accident with her dog team when a pickup truck collided with her sled.  Fortunately, Kristy and her dogs appear to be OK.Here’s more from the Anchorage Daily News: 

A preliminary investigation revealed that a Volkswagen SUV rear-ended a Chevrolet pickup near Mile 12.5 of the road, troopers said in an online dispatch. The truck rolled, left the roadway and hit a sled dog team on a nearby trail, troopers said. Troopers got report of the wreck shortly after 11 a.m. …

Andy Pohl identified the musher as his wife, Kristy Berington. Berington and her identical twin sister, Anna, are well-known Iditarod mushers. They operate a kennel in Knik. …

“As of right now I have only spoken with Kristy briefly, she is obviously shaken up and is now very busy taking care of the rest of the dogs that were there at the crash,” Pohl said.

Kristy Berington later posted a Facebook message to  she and her dogs were well after the scary accident.

Kristy Berington

2 hours ago

Thank you all for the concerns and well wishes after this mornings accident. It could have been a complete tragedy. My neighbor and I were running teams together like we always do. Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I will share all of the love and prayers with the dogs. We are all okay.??