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1:37 PM Fri, Nov. 16th

2 crashes occur within 1.5 blocks of each other in Prescott

Emergency personnel responded to two separate vehicle crashes just a block and a half apart in Prescott Wednesday afternoon.

According to Prescott Fire Department Division Chief Eric Kriwer, the first crash occurred at the intersection of Sheldon Street and Virginia Street around 3:15 p.m. Two vehicles, a truck and a sport utility vehicle, were involved in the crash. The SUV's driver was later transported to the west campus of Yavapai Medical Center with unknown injuries, Kriwer said.

"That accident occurred during a high-traffic period," he said. "The SUV sustained heavy damage."

A second collision at the intersection of Sheldon Street and Alarcon Street occurred minutes after the first, as emergency units were en route to the Virginia Street incident. Kriwer said the subsequent rear-end collision appeared to involve minor injuries.

"Central Yavapai Fire District and Lifeline responded. One patient was transported with neck pain from that incident," Kriwer said.

Kriwer said it is unknown whether the second collision stemmed from the first.

"With traffic, people might have had to stop quickly due to the incident," Kriwer said. "Whenever people see fire department lights and police lights, we ask that they pay extra attention.

If there's a potential accident ahead of them, there could be some kind of a change in traffic as units respond and secure the scene to make it safe."