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Friday morning collision sends one to Phoenix hospital

CHINO VALLEY - A 25-year-old Chino Valley woman suffered injuries in a three-vehicle, head-on crash on Highway 89 near Road 4 South early Friday morning.

The collision, which happened at 5:45 a.m., slowed traffic until around 7 a.m., said Chino Valley Fire Department Battalion Chief Garry Young.

Chino Valley Police said Nicholas Seaman, 19, of Chino Valley was driving his Jeep north when he crossed over the centerline and struck Laura Coughlin's Nissan passenger car. The Jeep also knocked off the side mirror of a Ford pickup truck.

Fire crews airlifted Coughlin to John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital in Phoenix. A 23-year-old male passenger in the Nissan also received medical treatment after arriving at the Phoenix hospital to visit Coughlin.

Crews took Seaman to Yavapai Regional Medical Center as a precaution. The hospital later released him.

Detective Vincent Schaan of the Chino Valley Police said Seaman told them his steering went out, but authorities could not determine if that was the case. Schaan said the investigation does not show drugs or alcohol were factors in this accident, and the department is not writing any citations until final blood test results are available.

Schann said Coughlin's family reported she suffered a broken back and a broken neck, as well as other injuries. Medical personnel are keeping her in the hospital's intensive care unit.

Young said fire crews had to pry open the cars to get the drivers out.

Police did not release the names of the passenger or the driver of the Ford pickup.

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