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Accidents on Highway 89 keep police busy

Last Tuesday, Aug. 5, was a busy day for Chino Valley Police Department (CVPD) officers – they handled three accidents in one day. Only people in the third accident suffered injuries.

At about 10 a.m., a 19-year-old Chino Valley woman escaped injury after a strange accident with a semi-tractor trailer truck. Charline Brown pulled out into the turn lane of Highway 89 in the 400 north block then went into the northbound lane where Ricky Myers, 39, of Phoenix was driving the truck. Brown struck the tires of Myers truck and bounced off them, according to CVPD Det. Mark Garcia. Neither driver was hurt. Garcia said that if Brown hadn't have hit the tires, she might've gone under the truck, resulting in a serious accident.

Then at 3:50 p.m., a single vehicle with two teenage girls (names not released) inside rolled over off Highway 89 at Road 5 North without injuring the girls. Garcia said the girls, in an SUV, veered on the highway to the right, overcorrected to the left and back to the right, went off the pavement into the dirt, when the SUV rolled over once onto its top. Garcia said because both girls were wearing seatbelts, they avoided serious injury.

People in the third accident at 4:30 p.m., however, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and emergency crews transported two women and a child to Yavapai Regional Medical Center.

Troy Clawson, 41, of Flagstaff, turned onto Highway 89 in the 800 south block in front of a southbound van driven by Dorothy Braden, 53, of Chino Valley. The van hit Clawson's pick up, and officers cited him for failure to yield to oncoming traffic. Braden's passengers, Dawn Long, 27, of Chino Valley and her 2-year-old daughter, also went to the hospital.

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