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12:34 PM Tue, Sept. 25th

Driver in good condition after car plunges off road

Strawberry/Pine fire officials<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->A vehicle with three teens inside plunged down this hillside.

Strawberry/Pine fire officials<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->A vehicle with three teens inside plunged down this hillside.

Two teens are home from the hospital and another is in good condition at Flagstaff Medical Center after their car plunged off the road.

Yesterday at about 5:30 p.m. deputies from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office rescued the three teenage occupants from a four-door sedan that fell over the side off Fossil Creek Road outside Strawberry, Ariz., nearly 15 miles from Highway 260.

According to the deputies, the teens were heading home after a day of outdoor activities and lost control after driving around a turn too fast. The vehicle fell more than 100 feet before resting upside-down on top of the ejected driver.

The driver, 17 years old, was trapped under the vehicle for more than four hours and was removed with minor injuries due to a depression in the roof, creating a cavity between it and the ground. The cavity allowed the driver, conscious and talking during extraction, to avoid the full weight of the vehicle

The driver was transported via helicopter to Flagstaff Medical Center just after 9 p.m. for apparent non-life threatening injuries. Of the two passengers, both 16 years old, one was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center and the other was taken by ground ambulance to the Verde Valley Medical Center in Cotttonwood.

The investigation is ongoing, however, the Sheriff's Office reports that there were no signs of drug or alcohol use during the initial investigation.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office worked alongside Gila County Search and Rescue, Gila County Sheriff's Office and firefighters from Strawberry.

For information or questions, contact the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office at (928) 771-3260 or www.ycsoaz.gov.