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Sun, Jan. 19

Woman in critical condition after wreck ignites vehicle

A 21-year-old woman was in critical condition after her vehicle flipped in Cornville early Friday morning.

According to Dwight D'Evelyn of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, the woman was driving a Jeep Laredo on Beaverhead Flat Road around 6 a.m., "When her vehicle left the roadway, overturned and landed on a small hill alongside the roadway.

"It appears she had been ejected or crawled out the window when found by three Good Samaritans about 20 feet from the vehicle. The victim was lying in a ditch and the engine compartment was fully engulfed in flames."

The three men carried the injured woman away from the burning car, said D'Evelyn. After one of the men called 911 fire personnel arrived, treated the driver and extinguished the flames.

"The driver was airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center in critical condition," said D'Evelyn.

"Investigation into the cause of this accident is ongoing."

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