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Minivan goes off embankment, sends man to hospital

Scott Orr/Daily Courier<br>
A minivan went of the road in Cliff Rose Monday morning and rolled down an embankment.

Scott Orr/Daily Courier<br> A minivan went of the road in Cliff Rose Monday morning and rolled down an embankment.

PRESCOTT-A man was flown to a Phoenix hospital after the minivan he was driving went off Rycosa Lane and down an embankment Monday morning, Jan. 18.

"We kept hearing this horn honk (from across Highway 89), and we looked over this way, and I said, 'There's a tipped-over car there,'" Grady Hopson said, and he called 911.

The vehicle ended up on its roof, but the driver, a man in his 60s did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

There was "a bowling ball flying around the car as it was rolling down that hill," contributing to the man's injuries, Firefighter Troy Steinbrink said, and the victim had pre-existing medical conditions that prompted the rescuers to fly him to a Level 1 trauma center.

A Native Air medical helicopter made a landing on the narrow neighborhood streets at Oriental Avenue and Rycosa Lane, but not before being waved off by firefighters because a plastic tarp and a toy dump truck were blowing into the helicopter's flight path.

"It's always a challenge, especially in a tight neighborhood" to land a helicopter,

Steinbrink said.

The man was taken to John C. Lincoln hospital in Phoenix.

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