Update: 2 fatalities result from major crash on Highway 89A, Granite Dells Parkway
2 children passengers also sent to hospital
Updated as of Friday, July 9, 2021 4:02 PM
UPDATE, Friday, 3 p.m.:
Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene of a major two-vehicle crash on Highway 89A and Granite Dells Parkway while the two children passengers were airlifted to the hospital early Friday morning, July 9, according to a news release from the Prescott Police Department.
At just after 7:30 a.m. Friday, Prescott Police officers responded to a call of a major two-vehicle collision in the area of Highway 89A and Granite Dells Parkway on the eastbound side of the road.
The first officer on scene found two severely damaged vehicles and the drivers of both vehicles appeared to have significant life-threatening injuries as both were unconscious. One of the vehicles involved was a blue 2019 Toyota Tundra pickup truck and inside the back seat were two juveniles, ages 2 and 4, who had also suffered injuries from the collision.
The Traffic Safety Section was called out to the scene to conduct an investigation.
At this time in the investigation, it appears that the Toyota, driven by a 33-year-old Prescott Valley resident, was traveling west on Highway 89A in the first lane, the news release stated. For an unknown reason, the vehicle left the roadway, veering left and crossed the depressed center median of the highway.
At that same time, a 2016 Dodge 5500 pulling a trailer full of masonry block, driven by a 44-year-old resident of Prescott Valley, was heading east on Highway 89A in the second lane. The driver of the Toyota failed to correct his direction and drove head on into the Dodge truck at a high rate of speed.
Paramedics arrived on scene and despite their best efforts both drivers were pronounced deceased on scene, police said. Both of the children were flown to Phoenix-area hospitals and both are listed in stable condition at this time with non-life threatening injuries. Next of kin have been notified in this case.
The exact cause of this crash is still under investigation. The roadway was closed for most of the morning Friday while officers utilized an unmanned aerial vehicle to investigate the scene as well as other crime scene mapping technology.
The incident caused significant traffic issues for most of the morning on Highway 89A and Highway 89, as well as surrounding roadways.
If there are any witnesses to this crash, please call the Prescott Police Department at 928-777-1988.
Information provided by the Prescott Police Department.
Traffic on Highway 89A and many roadways leading to it have been affected by a multiple-vehicle crash Friday, July 9, on 89A.
Authorities have closed much of 89A because of the crash, which early reports are stating is a double-fatal.
The Arizona Department of Transportation reports the closure/crash began at about 7:45 a.m.
Avoid the area; Highway 69, Prescott Lakes Parkway and Yavpe Connector are recommended alternatives, though the Parkway also is experiencing congestion.
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