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Four-car accident closes SR 260
Written by Greg Ruland   
Thursday, 06 January 2011 00:00

The first of three medical helicopters lands at the State Route 260 and Del Rio Drive intersection to begin transporting victims of a four vehicle accident which occurred at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5. Two patients were flown to Flagstaff Medical Center and one to a Phoenix area hospital for medical attention.Three people were severely injured and traffic was blocked for hours on State Route 260 following a four-car accident shortly before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, according to Verde Valley Fire District.

Firefighters figure out a plan of attack for extricating a woman trapped in a small sport utility vehicle after she was involved in a four vehicle accident just north of the State Route 260 and Del Rio Drive intersection at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5.Helicopters were called in to transport patients “due to the severity and level of injuries,” Verde Valley Fire District spokeswoman Merry Shanks stated in a press release.

Two of the patients were transported to Flagstaff Medical Center, and the third was flown to John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix for treatment.

After using extrication tools for approximately 45 minutes to cut the roof off of a small sport utility vehicle involved in a serious accident just north of the State Route 260 and Del Rio Drive intersection at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5, emergency responders prepare to remove the driver for helicopter transport.A fourth vehicle with two occupants sustained minor damage, and no injuries, Shanks reported.

A rescuer is covered with a sheet to protect him from falling debris while he works to free a woman trapped in a small sport utility vehicle after a serious accident on State Route 260 near Del Rio Drive on Wednesday, Jan. 5. Emergency responders had to cut away the roof of the vehicle to free the victim.Details about the circumstances of the accident, which happened near the intersection of Del Rio Drive and State Route 260, were unavailable.

Firefighters extricate a man from a pickup truck following a serious four vehicle accident just north of the State Route 260 and Del Rio Drive intersection on Wednesday, Jan. 5. The accident backed up traffic in both directions for more than two hours.Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Dwight D’Evelyn said YCSO officers were on scene but the investigation was being handled by Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The third medical helicopter to arrive on the scene of a serious accident Wednesday, Jan. 5, near the State Route 260 and Del Rio Drive intersection illuminates the scene while waiting for the patient to be stabilized in an ambulance before transporting her to a hospital outside the Verde Valley.Calls and e-mails to DPS requesting information were not immediately returned.

Eyewitnesses to a four-vehicle accident on State Route 260 just north of Del Rio Drive said the driver of a white mini-van traveling north toward Cottonwood suddenly drifted in the oncoming southbound lanes and struck a small sport utility vehicle, which then struck two more vehicles. The accident, which happened at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5, sent three people to Three accidents victims were flown to hospitals outside of the Verde Valley for medical treatment.Firefighters arrived on scene to find four cars involved, including one which had rolled onto its side.

Investigators try to piece together the cause of a four-vehicle accident after victims had been removed from their vehicles. Three accidents victims were flown to hospitals outside of the Verde Valley for medical treatment. The accident occurred at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5, and backed up traffic in both directions for approximately two hours.“Extrication was started immediately,” according to Shanks.

Investigators examine a small sport utility vehicle involved in a serious accident just north of the State Route 260 and Del Rio Drive intersection at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5. Three accidents victims were flown to hospitals outside of the Verde Valley for medical treatment.The Cottonwood Fire Department, Verde Valley Ambulance, the Clarkdale Police Department and the Cottonwood Police Department assisted at the scene with patients, traffic and the investigation.

VVFD crews remained on scene to assist DPS with traffic control and scene lighting, enabling them to complete their investigation.

Shortly after 6 p.m., another motor vehicle accident in the same vicinity at Western Drive and State Route 260 was reported, so personnel from Cottonwood Fire and Verde Valley Ambulance were diverted to that scene, where two additional patients were transported for treatment.


 

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