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Police Report: Three-vehicle collision closes Highway 89

A Chino Valley woman is in stable condition after a three-vehicle collision on Highway 89 at Highway 89A shortly after 10 p.m. Friday.

According to the report from the Prescott Police Department, a white 2001 Ford Mustang driven by Jennie Corrine Thomas, 18, of Dewey, and a 2003 Chevy Suburban driven Tambrala Barnes, 39, of Queen Creek were both eastbound from Pioneer Parkway onto Highway 89A crossing Highway 89 on a green light. A 1998 Chevy four-door sedan driven by Janet Ann Short, 47, of Chino Valley, was southbound on Highway 89 and ran the red light for southbound traffic.

Short's sedan struck the front of Thomas' Ford Mustang and continued south colliding with Barnes' Suburban and a trailer it was pulling. The impact was so severe that it broke the trailer loose from the Suburban, which caused two of the four ATV's it was carrying to fall off. The Suburban then rolled onto its side and slid to a stop.

A helicopter took Short to Flagstaff Medical center with possible neck fractures. An ambulance took three the Suburban' eight passengers - between the ages of 7 and 15 - to Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott with unknown non-incapacitating injuries. The other people involved all refused medical treatment at the scene.

Police do not know if alcohol was a factor in this crash and are still investigating.

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