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8/7/2012 10:01:00 PM
6 injured in 5-car pileup on Hwy 69; man flown to Flagstaff hospital for head injury
Thomas Hunt/Courtesy photo
Thomas Hunt/Courtesy photo
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier
Traffic backs up after a five-vehicle collision forced the closure of the westbound lanes of Highway 69 from Prescott Lakes Parkway to Heather Heights Tuesday afternoon.
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier
Traffic backs up after a five-vehicle collision forced the closure of the westbound lanes of Highway 69 from Prescott Lakes Parkway to Heather Heights Tuesday afternoon.
Lisa Irish
The Daily Courier

A man was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment of a head injury he sustained in a multiple-vehicle collision Tuesday afternoon on Highway 69 at Heather Heights in Prescott, said Prescott Fire Battalion Chief Don Devendorf.

Six people were injured in the five-vehicle collision that happened shortly before 3 p.m.

"We're looking into what happened with the first vehicle that led it to collide with the others," said Capt. Daniel Golden with the Arizona Department of Public Safety Northern Highway Patrol Division. "The collision is still being investigated. We're trying to piece it all together."

Life Line Ambulance took five injured people to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for treatment, and one person refused treatment at the scene, Golden said.

"We extricated two people from vehicles," Devendorf said. "We had four engines, four chiefs, and four ambulances respond to the scene."

The man flown to Flagstaff Medical Center was the driver of the first vehicle involved in the collision, Cook said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012
Article comment by: Tina J.

@ Great Job...are you a perfect driver? Do you obey ALL the traffic laws? I bet you donít. I am sure you cut corners just like the thousands of people that do in this world! You just haven not got caught yet. Now letís just give thanks that everyone is alive and is going to be ok. Thatís all that matters when it comes down to it.

Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012
Article comment by: Julie A.

As most of you perfer not to state your name when leaving your critical comments, God knows who you are. We should NEVER point fingers. Someday you might be eating the words your putting out there. This young man may have been at fault but you can't tell me you've never made a mistake. We've all made bad mistakes one way or the other. Let's just thank God that there were no fatalities. It's funny when someone else makes a mistake we like to criticize but when we make the mistake we are affended by the criticism. Always remember...We should treat other's with respect if that's what we want. Prayers are very much neccessary, there is NO limits when it comes to God. Prayers should NEVER stop rolling, if so then I feel sorry for you. God should be prayed to 24-7. May God give peace to every harsh word that is thought about on this article. May all involved be praising God's name even through their trials, may we all be thanking Him for the things unseen. FOR GOD IS GOOD ALWAYS....

Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012
Article comment by: @ Great Job & Enough prayers

To Great Job: That's so cold & harsh of you to even share such an ugly statement. Even if you are right or wrong that's very cold of you. This is a very nice young man that may of made a mistake. Do you believe in forgiveness? To Enough prayers: There's never enough prayers...We as a country lack in that area, there is no such thing as to many prayers. Maybe you ought to try it.

Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2012
Article comment by: Great Job

Yvette are you kidding me.Your cuz was SPEEDING that means driving too fast.His mistake cost people time,money and lots of pain.NO i don't feel sorry for him he was driving way to fast.He past us then cut another car off to what make the light.Please he got what was meant for him.Next time you see your cuz tell him THANKS for the Pain he caused to all the people that were obeying the driving LAWS

Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2012
Article comment by: @ enough with the prayers !!!!!!!!!!!

Its pretty apparent you were not there much less there helping...... so no comments needed from you about this

Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2012
Article comment by: @ concerned Somebody

So are you trying to say this was a vehicle defect and not driver irresponsibility?

As far as people saying blame games, well we do know there was an accident that involved 5 vehicles and no one knows why the driver of the truck allegedly was speeding. only the driver does and iit sounds as if he won't be doing much of anything but recovering.

I do hope his recovery goes well, but if the investigation proves he caused the chain of events then not only will he have recovery to deal with but charges as well.

Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2012
Article comment by: Enough with the prayers and drama

Traffic collisions happen every day in every city in the United States. In fact, almost 40,000 people die annually in collisions.

There was nothing remarkable about this collision except to those involved. In fact, it wasn't even a fatal collision. Let's move on.

Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2012
Article comment by: the white you see in picture are towels to control bleeding


Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2012
Article comment by: so confused

I really hope he is doing alright, but as you stated by the couriers picture the airbag" did not go off"? if you zoom in that white bag is the airbag with his blood on it after the impact.

Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2012
Article comment by: yvette markley

well were do i start....the man is my cousin that was flown to flagstaff....and to let you all know his own mother did not find out that her son was in the hospital tell the next day....he had to have surgery today to reconstruct his face....and a lot of you people on this site are complaining about a lot of stuff..Furthermore, i still do not know what happened....all i know is his family did not find out for a few days after the accident and his mother has not left his side...i sure hope she does not have to read all this stuff....come on people i have had my license for over 30 years and i know i have made mistakes and thanked God that nothing had went wrong....please think of the family before you say anymore...In addition, please not only for my cousin but for the other involved .

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012
Article comment by: I am

so, SO sorry for this man's injuries. I mean that. But I'm also sorry that he didn't have the good judgement to drive safely. He is where he is because of it.

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012
Article comment by: 2: The complainers, (Stop & Think)

Now, if your loved ones were in this 5 car pile up...Let me remind you it was 5 cars not just one involved would you still be complaining of how many trained professionals were on scene to help save lives? Whether you saw them standing or working on a patient. They all have a purpose. Do you not ever see someone on your job site standing but their actually working? I know most Boss' or Supervisors don't actually physically work but are there to guide the ones who are. These cheifs are doing there job we can't be complaining. Thank you to all the brave men & women who help those in need at tragedy's & hard situations like this. May God Bless all involved!

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012
Article comment by: Thankful Friend

Ok I have read enough!! Instead of bashing the driver of the toyota truck why can't we all be thankful that everyone involved is ok?? Everyone makes mistakes and the driver of that truck and his family is paying for it enough right now! Besides the point we don't even know exactly what happened!

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012
Article comment by: Concerned Somebody

The man that owned the black truck is in serious condition with a fractured skull, broken eye sockets, broken nose, and many more fractures, contusions, etc.
He is lucky to be alive. If you look at the picture from the Courier, the air bag DID NOT deploy and his hood went right through his window which is why he has so much damage to his upper extremities. So sad. I agree with the comments about people getting off blame games, negativity, and other studid crap. We all need to pray for this young man!

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012
Article comment by: big deal stop

WHINING ...GEEZ . how is the person in black truck doing?

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012
Article comment by: haha .


Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012
Article comment by: That's Mr. Troll to you

Yes, Scooter, this troll is complaining that FOUR CHIEFS responded to the scene of a car wreck.

More importantly, why would there even be FOUR CHIEFS on duty at the same time in a town the size of Prescott? How many chiefs do they have? Who commands the other shifts if FOUR of them were available for this incident?

I've got no problems with sufficiently staffing a scene with paramedics, firefighters and even engineers, but FOUR CHIEFS? Sorry, but if the reporting is accurate, there is no way you or anyone else can defend FOUR CHIEFS being at this scene.

Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2012
Article comment by: @ Scotty G

I agree with Scotty. That's all due to poor triage. Looks like they need to go back to EMT-Basic class and review it again.

Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2012
Article comment by: Scotty G.

A major traffic incident occurs, people are hurt, and you trolls complain that there were "too many" emergency personnel at the scene? Are you serious? They get paid regardless. Pathetic.

Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2012
Article comment by: Loitering Tax Dollars

4 Chiefs eh, looks like the good ole tax dollars are hard at work. Let me guess one or two of them sat in one of the MANY chief vehicles at the scene and watched. Glad there was 4 fire trucks and 4 ambulances there. Those guys must work really hard to take care of the 5 people that were injured. Lets see if the math is correct. 4 fire trucks times 3 personnel = 12 fire fighters. 4 ambulances times 2 personnel = 8 Paramedics/EMT's and lets not forget the 4 chiefs. 24 people from fire and EMS at the scene to tend to the 5 injured...or 6 including the one flown. That is roughly 4 personnel per patient. Who the heck was covering the city of Prescott with all of this man power tied up at one scene. Good thing the other part of Whiskey Row did not burn down!

Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2012
Article comment by: Double Clutch

Nothing good comes from vehicles, EVER.

Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2012
Article comment by: lil johnnyo

Every time I am headed into Prescott on 69 and need to stop for the light at Heather Heights, I feel like I am about to get rear ended. It is difficult and dangerous to have to stop on the downhill slope just after getting up to speed. 9 times out of 10 the highway traffic has to stop just so the Casino shuttle can cross the road. Watch & see, when you have to stop at Heather Heights, there will be the (mostly empty) Casino shuttle. Remove this dangerous & fuel wasting light and make it right turn only out of the gambling halls, let them waste gas turning around at a safer spot. Just saying...hope all recover fast and completely.

Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2012
Article comment by: Joe Pandoli

FYI, that portion of Hwy 69 is on the Yavapai Reservation, not in the City of Prescott.

Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2012
Article comment by: Renee M

First off people are not on "High Horses" by the postings & they are not saying they have not made mistakes.

No one knows what caused this accident other than what has been posted by witness stating speed was a factor and the driver of the truck.

It is unfortunate in this day and age that people are in such a hurry to get in front of that 1 car, or to beat the light, or just me me me.

I do pray and hope ALL THE VICTIMS including the driver of the truck recover from their injuries.

I agree with the other posters though, even though the driver is possibilty seriously injured he did cause the collision so yes there needs to be charges filed whatever the investagation turns out. People who cause injury to others must take responaiblity for their actions nothing about being on a high horse about that other than common sense.

Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2012
Article comment by: Renee M

Some of you people and your blame games! Get off your high horse and stop pretending you dont make mistakes. That man is someone son, brother, cousin, etc. Bad things happen and if you cant be positive and pray for those people than keep your negative comments to yourself. Debating blame is not necessary for anyone but the police on sceen! Best of luck to all involved in this terrible thing.

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