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Crash at Highway 69 and Yavpe seriously injures motorcyclist

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer Nate Teel asks a witness about what happened in a two-vehicle collision between a motorcycle and a Cadillac on Highway 69 near the Frontier Village shopping center Wednesday morning. The motorcyclist was transported by Native Air helicopter to John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer Nate Teel asks a witness about what happened in a two-vehicle collision between a motorcycle and a Cadillac on Highway 69 near the Frontier Village shopping center Wednesday morning. The motorcyclist was transported by Native Air helicopter to John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix.

A motorcyclist was flown to a Phoenix hospital Wednesday morning after being injured in a collision on State Highway 69 at the Yavpe Connector.

Witnesses said the collision happened around 10:40 a.m. after the driver of a Cadillac tried to turn left.

"An elderly man turned in front of two motorcycles causing the collision," DPS Capt. Daniel Golden said.

The first motorcyclist avoided the car, but the second motorcyclist did not.

"The motorcyclist suffered serious injuries which appear to be life threatening," Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer Carrick Cook said.

The injured motorcyclist was flown to John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital around 11:05 a.m., Prescott Firefighter/Paramedic and Spokesman Wade Ward said.

State Highway 69 was closed in both directions as DPS officers conducted their investigation and the medical helicopter landed.

Traffic, which had backed up to Gateway Mall, quickly cleared once the helicopter left.

"As it is an active investigation, we are still looking into what if any charges will be filed," Golden said.

Watch dcourier.com for updates.

Initial report:

PRESCOTT - Highway 69 at the Yavpe Connector is closed in both directions because of an injury accident involving a Cadillac and a motorcycle.

Witnesses at the scene reported the accident, which happened at about 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, was the result of the Cadillac attempting to turn left in front of two motorcycles. The first motorcycle was able to avoid the car, but the second one was involved in the collision.

The second motorcycle's rider was being flown to the hospital at about 11:05 a.m.

Traffic on Highway 69 is backed up in both directions, as far as the Gateway mall to the east, but should clear quickly once the helicopter leaves.

Watch dCourier.com for updates.