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02 June 2017   Don Devendorf, Fire Marshal

Highway 89A Accident Sends One Patient to a Trauma Center

On Thursday June 1, 2017, at approximately 6:40PM, the Prescott Regional Communications Center received multiple 911 calls reporting a major accident on Highway 89A at Granite Dells Parkway in north Prescott.  Callers reported at least 2 vehicles involved with heavy damage. A Level II 962 response was dispatched which included 2 Prescott Fire Department Paramedic Engine Companies, 2 AMR ambulances, a Battalion Chief, Prescott Police Department, and placing a Native Air medical helicopter on stand-by if needed. 

Units arrived on scene to find two vehicles with major damage, each containing one patient. A pick-up truck, driven by a 28 year old male Prescott Valley resident, reportedly heading eastbound, crossed the median and was involved in a high speed head on collision with a westbound sedan driven by a 54 year old female Tucson resident. Due to the amount of damage, an additional Paramedic Engine was dispatched from Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority to assist. 

The 54 year old female was trapped in her vehicle requiring a 20 minute extrication to remove the vehicle from her. The patient had significant musculoskeletal injuries and, after a consultation with a physician at Yavapai Regional Medical, a decision was made to airlift the patient to a Level 1 Trauma Center in Flagstaff. The female patient was packaged for transport and flown from the scene. 

The 28 year old male driver of the pick-up self extricated and had injuries significant enough to require transportation by ambulance to Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott for evaluation. 

Both patients were transported and the scene was cleared in just over an hour. The condition of the patients was not available at the time of this release.