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Man flown to Phoenix hospital after collision shears off fire hydrant

A Prescott man injured in a single-vehicle collision Tuesday morning that sheared off a hydrant was flown by Native Air to John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital in Phoenix for further treatment.

Daniel Gillespie, 52, was driving a 1994 Kia sedan in the 1300 block of Iron Springs Road when the car went off the road for unknown reasons, struck a hydrant and ran into an electrical pole, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, Prescott Police Department spokesman.

Firefighters on Central Yavapai Engine 51 and paramedics with Life Line Ambulance treated Gillespie at the scene for head and chest injuries and took him to Yavapai Regional Medical Center, said Eric Kriwer, Prescott Fire Department spokesman.

"Gillespie was flown to John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries including a punctured lung and several broken ribs," Kriwer said. "The preliminary investigation of the collision indicates that it may be related to a medical condition."

At this point, there is no indication the driver was impaired, Reinhardt said.

No citations have been issued yet in the incident, pending the outcome of the investigation, Reinhardt said.

The City of Prescott Water Department and APS were notified and came to the scene to repair the hydrant and light pole, Kriwer said.

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