Originally Published: July 13, 2018 3:34 p.m.
Updated as of Friday, July 13, 2018 4:27 PM
The single occupant of a Toyota Forerunner had to be rescued by firefighters Thursday afternoon, July 12, after his vehicle flipped along White Spar Road and pinned him to the asphalt.
The driver told officers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) he lost control of his vehicle, which rolled and blocked traffic lanes.
Prescott Fire Department (PFD) engines responded to the scene in an effort to assist Southern Yavapai Fire with the extrication of the man, whose arm was stuck under the roof.
The engine company was able to use their Rescue 42 vehicle stabilization equipment in conjunction with their hydraulic tools to lift the vehicle into the air and off of the driver’s arm, said PFD spokesperson Conrad Jackson.
The driver, a man in his 50’s, was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. He had additional injuries beyond his arm injury and it was deemed necessary to fly his by helicopter to get further treatment.
Despite the intense storms at the time, a Native Air helicopter was able to land at the scene and then fly the driver to Honor Health Deer Valley. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor to the incident.
“The driver admitted that he had been drinking to the paramedics,” Jackson said.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is still investigating the collision and said that impairment has not been ruled out.
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