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Travel Update: Highway 169 reopens after accident

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br>Emergency workers begin to clean up the scene of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 169 Wednesday afternoon in Dewey-Humboldt.  Both drivers of the vehicles were transported by helicopter to hospitals in Phoenix.

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br>Emergency workers begin to clean up the scene of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 169 Wednesday afternoon in Dewey-Humboldt. Both drivers of the vehicles were transported by helicopter to hospitals in Phoenix.

UPDATE, 6:57 p.m.:

A man and woman injured in a collision between a sedan and a Corvette on Highway 169 near Milepost 3 and Crystal Rock Road late Wednesday afternoon were airlifted to a Phoenix hospital, said Charlie Cook, spokesman for Central Yavapai Fire District.

"The crash occurred at about 4:06 p.m.," said Robert Bailey, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety. "There are two vehicles involved with one person being transported from each vehicle."

At about 4:10 p.m., Sgt. Mike Hardt with the Prescott office of the Arizona Department of Public Safety said officers were on their way to the scene of the collision. Soon afterward, Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies were called out to assist, YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

Cook said a 44-year-old man who was driving an aqua Corvette and a 45-year-old woman from Cordes Junction, the driver of a white Chevrolet Impala sedan, were flown by Native Air to a Level 1 trauma center in Phoenix.

Cook noted that, at press time, three engines with 11 crew members who answered the call to the collision had left the scene, but officers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety remained there, continuing their investigation.

Eastbound lanes of 169 were shut down soon after officers reached the site, said Bart Graves, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Traffic was shut down in both directions for about an hour as firefighters treated the injured, cleared the area for medical helicopters to land, and officers investigated the collision.

"The roadway is now reopened," Bailey said.

ORIGINAL REPORT, 5:01 p.m.:

Two people were injured in a head-on collision on Highway 169 near Milepost 3 and Crystal Rock Road late Wednesday afternoon.

Central Yavapai firefighters were extricating one of the injured people trapped in a vehicle. Another person has been airlifted to Phoenix by Native Air, said Charlie Cook, spokesman for Central Yavapai Fire District. Another helicopter is waiting to airlift the person being extracted from the vehicle, said Cook, noting that one of the injured people is conscious and the other is not.

Cook said that three engines with 11 crew members are at the collision site.

"Eastbound lanes of 169 have been shut down," said Bart Graves, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

At about 4:10 p.m., Sgt. Mike Hardt with the Prescott office of DPS said officers were on their way to the scene of the collision.

Soon afterward, Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies were called out to assist, said Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

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