Two injured in multi-vehicle crash on Highway 89
A man and a woman were injured in a six-vehicle accident on Highway 89 near Perkins Drive Sunday afternoon.
The accident, which occurred at around 12:30 p.m., involved two motorcycles and four motor vehicles, said Sgt. Art Siegel of the Prescott Police Department.
The motorcycles were northbound on Highway 89 and the vehicles were southbound. One vehicle struck another that had slowed, and a vehicle was pushed into one of the motorcycles, Siegel said.
A 34-year-old woman riding on the back of one of the motorcycles was sideswiped by a vehicle, said Jeff Jones, firefighter/paramedic and B Shift public information officer for the Prescott Fire Department. The bike's rider was able to keep the bike from going down, but she sustained multiple leg fractures.
After initially being taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center, she was flown to a Level 1 trauma center in Phoenix, Jones said.
Another motorcyclist in the group, a 59-year-old man from Cave Creek, tried to avoid the accident in front of him and ended up laying down his bike, Jones said.
Witnesses said they saw the man get run over by a truck, but he denied that. He complained of significant hip pain and sustained multiple abrasions. He was treated for head, neck and back injuries, Jones said.
He was flown from the scene to a Level 1 trauma center in Phoenix, Jones said.
The accident closed the highway for about 40 minutes, Siegel said.