Two Prescott Fire engines and a Battalion Chief responded to a four vehicle accident which occurred Tuesday morning around 10am in the intersection of Hwy. 89 and the Prescott Lakes Parkway. Two of the drivers were transported to the hospital. A gray sedan driven by a male in his eighties ultimately ended up crossing a median and struck a white pickup waiting in the turn lane.
The truck was hit so hard that it was pushed backwards into a vehicle waiting behind it. A second red sedan sustained substantial front end damage in the incident. The driver of the red sedan, a woman in her sixties, was transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The man in the gray sedan was initially transported by Lifeline ambulance to YRMC at which point it was determined that his injuries were life threatening and he was flown to a Phoenix trauma center. Traffic in the intersection was impacted for over an hour.
Prescott Fire would like to remind drivers of the importance of wearing seat belts. These safety devices help maintain the occupants in the appropriate position in the vehicle, allowing supplemental safety features such as airbags to be more effective. Failure to use them also allows the occupant to strike other components inside the vehicle and suffer additional injuries. They also help minimize the possibility of being ejected from the vehicle in event of a rollover.