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Crash injures 2 at Willow Creek Road, Pioneer Parkway; several drivers ignore accident scene

Rescue crews work to clean up the scene of a single-vehicle crash at Willow Creek Road and Pioneer Parkway late Sunday morning, July 24, while paramedics prepare the driver for air-transport to the hospital.

Photo by Tim Wiederaenders.

Rescue crews work to clean up the scene of a single-vehicle crash at Willow Creek Road and Pioneer Parkway late Sunday morning, July 24, while paramedics prepare the driver for air-transport to the hospital.

PRESCOTT - A single-vehicle crash at the intersection of Willow Creek Road and Pioneer Parkway on Sunday morning, July 24, injured the car’s two occupants.

At approximately 10:30 Sunday morning, Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies and fire crews were dispatched to the intersection regarding the crash of a 2012 white Volkswagen Passat, said Dwight D’Evelyn, YCSO’s media relations coordinator. The driver, Byron Drury, 79, and his a passenger, Brian Shields, 45, both of Chino Valley, were trapped in the vehicle.

The sedan did not make the turn from Willow Creek Road northbound onto eastbound Pioneer Parkway, instead striking the power pole there.

Shields was transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center West via ground, said Conrad Jackson of the Prescott Fire Department. The driver, Drury, was flown to the Flagstaff hospital.

It took Prescott Fire and Central Arizona firefighters nearly an hour to safely remove the driver of the VW; detailed injury information on the driver is not available at this time except for noting an apparent broken leg, D’Evelyn said.

After the passenger was transported to YRMC, he was flown to a Phoenix area hospital; his condition is listed as stable.

There is no indication DUI was a factor and no other vehicles were involved, D’Evelyn added.

A worker from Arizona Public Service was on scene, and said power was not affected but the pole was damaged.

Part of the intersection was closed for several hours. The investigation is ongoing.

Firefighter safety became an issue on the scene when several drivers ignored cones that were placed across the exit, Jackson said. Vehicles drove through the cones and directly into the scene of the crash, compromising the safety of the first responders and forcing personnel to deal with the offending drivers instead of working on resolving the emergency.

Jackson said firefighters relocated a fire engine to block the exit, but drivers still proceeded through the cones and then squeezed their vehicles between the engine and the curb to access the closed exit, again impacting the emergency scene.

For their safety, first responders need to control access into the scene and hope that drivers will respect blockades put in place for the duration of the incident and the subsequent investigation, he added.