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Accident kills one, injures two on 89

The Daily Courier/Les Stukenberg<br>
The accident occurred on Highway 89 just north of Willow Lake Road and south of Pioneer Parkway in Prescott.

The Daily Courier/Les Stukenberg<br> The accident occurred on Highway 89 just north of Willow Lake Road and south of Pioneer Parkway in Prescott.

Patricia Jemison, 61, of Chamberlain, S.D., died in a three-vehicle crash in Granite Dells, at 10:40 a.m. Monday, Prescott police said.

The accident injured two people. A helicopter flew James Guy, 67, of Flagstaff to John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix and Life Line Ambulance took Susan Barbaro, 29, of Prescott to Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott for reported neck injuries, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt.

Jemison was driving north on Highway 89 and crossed over into the southbound lanes. Guy was southbound in his tractor-trailer and swerved to avoid Jemison. He was unable to avoid Jemison's vehicle because of the narrow road lanes in that area.

Barbaro was northbound behind Jemison and was unable to stop before hitting her as well.

Police closed Highway 89 between Highway 89A and Willow Lake Road at the roundabout until 4 p.m.

Reinhardt said that the medical examiner's office would do an autopsy to try to find out why the accident occurred.

"Occasionally, it is medical-related or it can be a driving error," he speculated.

Contact the reporter at jtwaddell@prescottaz.com

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