One dead, one seriously injured in Highway 69 wreck
UPDATE: (3/26/2013 8:00 AM)
A Humboldt man died and a Prescott woman was seriously injured after a two-vehicle collision around noon on Highway 69 near Prescott Canyon Estates, Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley said.
A man driving a white Dodge pickup truck was westbound on Highway 69 toward Prescott when a woman driving a blue Lexus heading east tried to make a left turn into the U-Haul, which is not permitted, Morley said.
"Witnesses said (the man) was going the speed limit," Morley said. "At some point, she turned in front of the white Dodge truck."
The full-frontal impact of the collision caused major damage to the front driver's side of the pickup and front passenger side of the Lexus, Morley said.
The 76-year-old man went by ambulance to Yavapai Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased, Morley said.
Native Air flew the woman to John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix where she remains in serious but stable condition.
The drivers' names are not being released pending notification of next of kin, Morley said.
For several hours, westbound traffic on Highway 69 was diverted to Prescott Lakes Parkway, and eastbound traffic to the Yavpe Connector.
Initial Report (3/25/2013 2:41 PM)
A collision involving two vehicles has resulted in one fatality and a serious injury, said City of Prescott spokesman Mel Preston.
The collision happened at 2300 East State Route 69. The accident involved a moving truck and a smaller vehicle. State Route 69 westbound traffic is being diverted to Prescott Lakes Parkway, and eastbound traffic to the Yavpe Connector.
"It will be several hours before State Route 69 is open again," said Prescott Fire Marshal Don Devendorf, Fire Marshal. He advised drivers to avoid the area if possible until the accident has cleared and the investigation concluded.
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