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Head-on accident on Senator Highway injures 2 on ATV

Two men in their 50s suffered serious injuries after the all-terrain vehicle they were riding struck a sport utility vehicle Saturday afternoon on a curvy stretch of Senator Highway south of Groom Creek, authorities said.

The driver and passenger of the ATV hit the windshield of the SUV, and neither man were wearing helmets, Prescott Fire Department spokesman Eric Kriwer said.

One man sustained serious head injuries and the other suffered a fractured leg, said Tony Bentley, chief of the Groom Creek Fire District.

The head-on accident occurred about 4 p.m. Saturday on the unpaved stretch of Senator Highway about three miles south of Groom Creek on a blind corner as the driver of the ATV headed north and the SUV motorist was driving south, according to Bentley and Kriwer.

"Both men were conscious and fairly stable," Bentley said.

Kriwer said a Native Air ambulance took both men to Flagstaff Medical Center.

Crews from the Groom Creek and Prescott Fire, LifeLine Ambulance, the Prescott Police Department and Yavapai County Sheriff's Office responded to the accident, Kriwer said.

YCSO is continuing its investigation of the accident, sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

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