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7 Vehicle Accident Sends 2 to Hospital
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21 December 2019   Don Devendorf, Prescott Fire Department Marshal

Highway 69 was closed for over an hour.

On Friday December 20, 2019, at approximately 3:45PM , the Prescott Regional Communications Center received numerous 911 calls reporting a multiple vehicle accident on Highway 69 in front of Frontier Village. Initial reports were of multiple vehicles being involved with people trapped and one car on fire.

A First Alarm Medical response was ordered by the responding Battalion Chief. 3 Fire Engines, 1 Truck Company, 3 ambulances, and a helicopter were dispatched to the accident, On arrival, it was difficult to determine how many vehicles were involved in the accident as the accident scene spanned about 100 yards of the highway. Initially, three vehicles with heavy damage became the focus of responders. A fire extinguisher had been used to extinguish the fire in one of the vehicles before fire department units arrived. A police officer removed the patient from that vehicle and was attending to him on the ground near the vehicle. 2 other patients were found on the side of the highway and were being assisted by bystanders.

The patient in the vehicle that was on fire was not injured by the fire but was determined to be a Level I trauma patient and was flown by Native Air to a trauma center in Phoenix. The two other patients were evaluated, one did not require emergency medical care and the other was transported by ambulance to Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott with non-life threatening injuries.

In all, there were 4 vehicles involved in the initial collision and three additional vehicles collided while attempting to avoid the accident. There were no other injuries.

Highway 69 was closed for over an hour while a gas tank leak was addressed and vehicles and debris were removed from the highway. One lane for westbound traffic was opened after the helicopter departed the scene.