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Fri, March 22

Update: Van driver issued citation after Friday's three-vehicle crash investigation

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Prescott Valley Police Department released more details Saturday of Friday's three-vehicle crash on State Route 69.

Police report that a 34-year-old Kirkland man drove over the double yellow lines that divide east and westbound traffic on State Route 69 into the lefthand turn lane of eastbound State Route 69. A 45-year-old Prescott Valley woman was traveling the opposite direction - eastbound on State Route 69 in a red Chevrolet pick-up truck and had just entered the left hand turn lane. The front driver's side of the white commercial van then collided with the front driver's side of the red pick-up truck. A semi-truck and trailer operated by a 46-year-old Prescott Valley man was traveling westbound on State Route 69 then collided with the rear of the commercial van pushing the van sideways in the road.

According to the police report, all occupants were wearing their seat belts and there were no life-threatening injuries. Two of the occupants were transported for additional medical treatment. One was transported to the Yavapai Regional Medical Center East Campus, and the other driver was flown via Native Air to John C. Lincoln North Mountain for serious, but not life-threatening injuries. Both the red Chevrolet pickup truck and commercial van sustained heavy front end damage and were towed from the scene. The semi-truck was driven from the scene.

At the time of the collision there were no signs of impairment of any of the drivers, police say.

The driver of the commercial van was later issued a citation for civil traffic offenses as a result of the investigation.

East- and westbound State Route 69 were closed to one lane of travel for approximately two hours with assistance from ADOT while officers conducted their investigation.


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