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Dump truck rolls on Highway 89A; driver seriously injured

A dump truck rolled along Highway 89A mid-day Wednesday, April 17. Seriously injured, the driver was transported by helicopter to Flagstaff Medical Center.
Photo by Max Efrein.

A dump truck rolled along Highway 89A mid-day Wednesday, April 17. Seriously injured, the driver was transported by helicopter to Flagstaff Medical Center.

A dump truck carrying rocks rolled on Highway 89A near Granite Dells Parkway shortly after noon, Wednesday, April 17.

Witnesses told emergency personnel that the vehicle’s right front tire blew out and pulled the 10-wheel truck off the road where it landed on its passenger side, Prescott Fire Department spokesperson Conrad Jackson said.

Two Prescott Fire engines and one Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) engine responded to the scene.

The driver had to be extricated from the vehicle, and medical personnel decided his injuries were severe enough to transport him by helicopter to Flagstaff Medical Center.

The vehicle itself was heavily damaged, Jackson said. The contents of its fuel tank also spilled out into the dirt alongside the highway.

“Luckily it’s diesel fuel, so its threat of ignition is fairly low,” Jackson said. “Just as a precautionary, we pulled a hose line and put a foam layer on it to help suppress any vapors, because it’s still a risk.”

ADOT crews later assisted in the removal of the fuel-contaminated soil along the road.

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Medical personnel get ready to transport the driver of a dump truck that rolled on Highway 89A mid-day Wednesday, April 17.

A portion of the highway was closed for about an hour, and all traffic was diverted onto the Granite Dells Parkway overpass while emergency personnel cleared the scene and investigated the accident.

Jackson said fire crews would like to remind drivers to be mindful of first responder safety during roadway incidents. On Thursday, a driver drove into the scene as the helicopter was attempting to land, putting at jeopardy the helicopter and its crew along with the first responders working in the area. Other drivers stopping in the road to take pictures also were needlessly impacting traffic flow, he said.

Follow Max Efrein on Twitter @mefrein, email him at mefrein@prescottaz.com or call him at 928-445-3333 ext. 1105.

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(Prescott Fire Department)

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