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Three-vehicle wreck

Courier/Les Stukenberg
A three-vehicle collision backed up traffic in the area of Highway 89A and Viewpoint Drive in Prescott Valley Monday afternoon. Emergency personnel took one person to YRMC with non life-threatening injuries. On a bright note, none of the cattle in the stock trailer suffered any injuries.

Courier/Les Stukenberg A three-vehicle collision backed up traffic in the area of Highway 89A and Viewpoint Drive in Prescott Valley Monday afternoon. Emergency personnel took one person to YRMC with non life-threatening injuries. On a bright note, none of the cattle in the stock trailer suffered any injuries.

PRESCOTT VALLEY ­ A three-vehicle wreck at the intersection of Highway 89A and Viewpoint Drive sent one person to the hospital Monday with minor injuries.

Police say a Dodge Dakota truck turning west onto 89A from Viewpoint Drive ran the red light and another pick-up, this one hauling a trailer full of cows, hit it in the rear.

Sgt. Wayne Nelson noted that the accident still is under investigation and the aforementioned description is preliminary.

The truck hauling the cows jackknifed with its trailer and hit a metal light pole tailgate first, neatly splitting it to the cab.

Its driver walked away without serious injury and later helped firefighters move his living cargo to another trailer.

"It's pretty intense for minor injuries," Central Yavapai Fire District Battalion Chief Gary Cordes noted as he surveyed the scene.

Three CYFD engine companies arrived at the scene just before 3 p.m.

Westbound traffic on 89A slowed to a crawl for nearly an hour as police documented the scene and several tow trucks loaded their battered cargo.

Pieces of the Dodge Dakota that the impact turned into projectiles struck a third pick-up truck, which was stopped on Viewpoint Drive at the light, facing south, Nelson said.

"We were very fortunate no one was seriously hurt," he said.

Contact the reporter at malewis@prescottaz.com