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2-vehicle crash on 89A sends 3 to hospitals; highway was closed more than 2 hours

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br>
Helicopters airlifted the three victims of this two-vehicle collision near the Highway 89A and Granite Dells Parkway onramp Monday morning, Oct. 12. Below, rescue personnel work to free a 17-year-old girl from Prescott Valley from her vehicle.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br> Helicopters airlifted the three victims of this two-vehicle collision near the Highway 89A and Granite Dells Parkway onramp Monday morning, Oct. 12. Below, rescue personnel work to free a 17-year-old girl from Prescott Valley from her vehicle.

PRESCOTT - A two-vehicle collision on Highway 89A northbound (eastbound) near Granite Dells Parkway Monday morning, Oct. 12, sent three people to area hospitals by medical helicopter.

The highway was closed as medical crews worked on the patients and police investigated the scene.

About 10:15 a.m., a 17-year-old girl from Prescott Valley, driving a four-door sedan headed south (west), went off the road and crossed the center median, colliding with a pickup traveling the other direction, Prescott Police Lt. Amy Bonney said.

However, police don't know why, she said.

Rescue crews extricated from the truck a man and a woman, both in their late 60s. They were flown to Flagstaff Medical Center.

The girl was trapped and firefighters had to remove the roof from the car she was driving. Even so, it took them 45 minutes to get her out. She was flown to Phoenix Children's Hospital.

The conditions of the patients was not available at press time.

Police reopened Highway 89A in both directions by 12:20 p.m.

Prescott Police, Fire, Central Yavpai Fire, Lifeline Ambulance, and Department of Public Safety personnel responded to the head-on collision.

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