Sunday rollover injures teen
A 16-year-old Chino Valley teen was injured Sunday when he rolled his car on Highway 89A near the Glassford Hill Road on ramp.
Emergency personnel responded to the accident at about 4:18 p.m. Prescott Valley Police spokesman Brandon Bonney said officers found the teen was traveling westbound from the on ramp when he veered off the roadway, overcorrected, and rolled his vehicle. He was ejected into the median, and the car, a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix, came to rest on the highway.
Bonney said a helicopter airlifted the teen to Phoenix Children's Hospital with head trauma. As of Monday, he was listed in stable condition.
It is unknown what caused the teen to veer off the highway, Bonney said. Impairment is not suspected, and the accident is still under investigation, he said. The teen was not wearing a seatbelt.
"It is very important to wear your seatbelt any time you are operating or riding in a motor vehicle," Bonney said.
UPDATE: Sunday, 5:45 p.m.: Highway 89A in Prescott Valley is open again after unconfirmed report of a 1-vehicle rollover accident at about 4:30 p.m. One patient reportedly was airlifted from the scene. Watch PVtrib.com on Monday for more details on this accident.
UPDATE: Sunday, 5:40 p.m.: Westbound 89A is now open, but the westbound onramp at Glassford Hill Rd. will continue to be closed for a time for road cleanup.
UPDATE: Sunday, 5:35 p.m.: Update on unconfirmed accident report: Highway 89A from Viewpoint westbound is still closed. Eastbound lanes are open. The accident was reportedly a 1-vehicle rollover. One person was flown from the scene.
Original report: Sunday, October 14, 2012 Unconfirmed reports at 4:45 p.m. have Highway 89A at Glassford Hill Road closed Westbound for a 3-vehicle, injury accident. One person is reportedly ejected. Native Air Helicopter was called to air evacuate one patient from the scene.