Jan Steves scratches in Skwentna

Jan Steves, pictured here at the Sunday race start, scratched from Iditarod 44 after reportedly crashing. Photo by Ben Matheson / Alaska Public Media.
Jan Steves, pictured here at the Sunday race start, scratched from Iditarod 44 after reportedly crashing. Photo by Ben Matheson / Alaska Public Media.
Iditarod veteran Jan Steves, of Willow, scratched early this morning at the Skwentna checkpoint – 83 miles into the race.

Steves reportedly suffered broken ribs and dislocated collarbone after a crash on her way into the Skwentna checkpoint.

According to a press release, due to the injury she was concerned she would not be able to care for her team and made the decision at 4:15 a.m.