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Two injured in motorcycle accident on Mingus Mountain

One flown to Flagstaff; witnesses say neither were wearing helmets

Emergency personnel assist two motorcycles riders who were injured in a crash near the Mingus Mountain Recreation Area on Highway 89A late Thursday morning, July 19.

Photo by Les Stukenberg.

Emergency personnel assist two motorcycles riders who were injured in a crash near the Mingus Mountain Recreation Area on Highway 89A late Thursday morning, July 19.

A man and a woman riding on a motorcycle together were both injured in a single vehicle accident as they were heading up Mingus Mountain along Highway 89A late Thursday morning, July 19, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS).

Witnesses told AZDPS troopers that neither riders — both in their 50s — were wearing helmets, said AZDPS Public Relations Manager Bart Graves.

The accident occurred right at the turnoff for the Mingus Mountain Recreation Area.

The man was flown via helicopter to Flagstaff Medical Center with life-threatening injuries and the woman was transported by ambulance to the Verde Valley Medical Center, but was not admitted, Graves said.

“She suffered a broken leg,” he said.

The cause of the accident, which occurred shortly after 11 a.m., was unavailable Thursday, Graves reported.

Multiple emergency agencies responded to the scene and traffic on Highway 89A was temporarily reduced to one lane as the incident was handled.

“Because the actual call was right at our border at the top of Mingus at the rec area, so we had units from Jerome and the Verde Valley that showed up as well as our normal accident response from our side of the hill,” said Brad Davis, battalion chief with the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority.