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Falling barrel causes crash

PRESCOTT - A 58-year-old motorcyclist suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a crash just after 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24.

Prescott Police responded with firefighters and emergency medical personnel west of the Granite Dells Parkway interchange on Highway 89A.

"Upon their arrival, officers learned that a flatbed truck had been traveling eastbound on state Route 89A," Prescott Police Lt. Amy Bonney said. "The truck was carrying several barrels of a chemical, sodium hypochlorite, a chemical used as a water treatment. A large plastic barrel, partially filled with the chemical, rolled from the bed of the truck and into the roadway."

She said the 58-year-old motorcyclist from Prescott Valley was traveling eastbound on the highway, along with the eastbound truck, and he hit the barrel.

"The motorcyclist sustained significant injuries and was flown from the scene to a Flagstaff area hospital for treatment," Bonney said. "His current condition is unknown; however his injuries are believed to be non-life threatening in nature."

Bonney said a Prescott Police officer has received training to become a certified commercial vehicle inspector assisted in the investigation.

Authorities cited the driver for unsafe load.

"Thankfully, the barrel containing the chemical remained intact and none of the chemical escaped onto the roadway," Bonney said.

The road was closed for about an hour during the investigation.

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