Originally Published: February 16, 2008 8:16 p.m.
PRESCOTT VALLEY - A 70-year-old woman sustained a severe head injury during a head-on collision involving two vehicles and three people Saturday morning at the intersection of highways 69 and 169, Central Yavapai Fire District Battalion Chief Jeff Polacek said.
Prescott Valley Police Department officers shut down traffic in both directions at the intersection for 15 minutes in the 10 o'clock hour to allow a Native Air helicopter to pick up the injured woman, who Polacek said suffered a life-threatening Level One head injury.
The Courier could not reach Prescott Valley Police for comment about the cause of the accident.
"I don't know if someone pulled out in front (of the other), but there was pretty extensive front-end damage to both vehicles," Polacek said.
Paramedics took the injured elderly woman to John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital in Phoenix for treatment, while Lifeline paramedics took the other person traveling in her car to Yavapai Regional Medical Center via ambulance.
"I don't know if the injured woman was driving or if she was the passenger," Polacek said. "I want to say it was husband and wife, but I can't confirm that."
The driver of the other vehicle refused treatment at the scene and was OK, Polacek added.
Airbags deployed in both cars when the accident happened at 9:57 a.m.
Central Yavapai Fire District sent three of its engines to the scene. Yavapai County Sheriff's Office personnel also responded.