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3 teens rescued from overturned vehicle that fell nearly 100 feet

At approximately 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Yavapai County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a vehicle over the side of the road, off Fossil Creek Road, near the intersection with the road to Childs Power Plant.

Three Flagstaff teenage females were in the four-door sedan. Two are 16 - including the driver - and one is 17.

According to police, the three were on their way home after a day of outdoor activities when they came around a turn too fast and lost control.

Their vehicle went off the edge and fell more than 100 feet, coming to rest upside down on top of the driver, who was ejected. The driver remained trapped under the vehicle for more than four hours, but was removed with what appeared to be minor injuries. She was conscious and talking during the extraction, according to the police report.

A deputy noted a depression in the roof of the vehicle which created a cavity between the roof and the ground. It appeared her body occupied part of this space, avoiding the full weight of the car.

Just after 9 p.m., she was flown to the Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment of apparent non-life threatening injuries. The two other occupants of the car were removed from the vehicle earlier.

One was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center and the other was taken by ambulance to the Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood.

There were no signs of drug or alcohol use during the initial investigation. Seatbelt use or non-use involving the occupants has not been reported yet.

This area is located outside of Strawberry, and borders two counties. The accident scene was nearly 15 miles from Hwy 260.

Responding units included: Gila County SAR, Gila County Sheriff's Office and multiple firefighters from Strawberry.

The investigation is continuing.

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