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1/29/2013 9:50:00 PM
Icy roads cause vehicle collisions, rollover
Prescott Valley Police Department/Courtesy photo
Prescott Valley Police, Central Yavapai Fire and Life Line Ambulance answered a call about a rollover Tuesday morning on Highway 69.
Prescott Valley Police Department/Courtesy photo
Prescott Valley Police, Central Yavapai Fire and Life Line Ambulance answered a call about a rollover Tuesday morning on Highway 69.
Lisa Irish
The Daily Courier

Icy road conditions contributed to several collisions in Prescott Valley and Prescott Tuesday morning, including a rollover on Highway 69 near Franklin Phonetic School.

"We had approximately five crashes that were related to the weather," Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney said.

When a Prescott Valley police officer answered a call about a rollover on Highway 69, a woman said she had been driving slowly when her vehicle slid on heavy ice, spun around, hit the curb and flipped on its side, Bonney said.

Central Yavapai Fire and LifeLine Ambulance also responded to the call. No injuries were reported in the collision.

"There was a two-vehicle crash as a result of the rollover near Valley View and 69," Bonney said, adding that two vehicles were involved in a rear-end collision near Bradshaw Mountain High School in the turn lane with only minor damage.

Another vehicle slid into a ditch near Cedar Springs and Sunset while still another slid off the road at Meadowlark and Sunset, Bonney said.

Prescott Police did not return calls by press time.

"The only incident of note was a vehicle off to the side of the roadway on Williamson Valley Road in the area of Rainmaker this morning," said Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office. "The icy road was a factor in the accident, the vehicle was towed, and no injuries were reported."

YCSO deputies escorted cars through the area before Public Works trucks arrived to reduce the icy surface around 8:15 a.m., D'Evelyn said.





Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2013
Article comment by: To Snow White

I dont EVER want Prescott Valley to install street lights. I like being able to see ALL of the stars at night. Headlights are sufficient for driving and if your walking its called a flashlight.

Posted: Friday, February 01, 2013
Article comment by: Tia Sutherland

I'm the woman who flipped her car on its side. First I want to thank the people for helping me, you got their in seconds, I don't know how, but thank you so much for being there.
For all of you who "THINK" they can drive on solid ice, then you have some kind of imagination. I was a professional truck driver for Werner Ent across country solo. I was going slower than everyone. I could not get over to the left lane because everyone was driving too close together. I started to slide, all I could think about was not to slide into the car next to me because it would had been real bad. I was sliding back n forth hoping to hit dry grownd but I did not. My SUV wipped aound and the back tire hit the curb when I started going over. All I was worried about was whether or not I was able to avoid causing anyone else any damage. So no, your slow would not be slower than mine. I did what I hoped, and in return I did not get hurt. So some of you need to know what your talking about before hurting someones feelings.


Posted: Friday, February 01, 2013
Article comment by: Collisions Are Not Accidents

even on icy roads...

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Two hour delay that is what they are for!

This is why you call a two hour delay-very very stupid decision not to do so and who is the one to make that decision? It doesn't take a genius to see the outcome of such a stupid decision-

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Snow White

Thank you Face the Facts. You actually understood the point I was trying to make, which was the safety of the kids. I wonder if Yukon Jack ever saw anyone who was walking, slip and fall on the ice. I don't think it was because they were walking too fast. There is a yield sign on a hill at the intersection of Antelope and Starlight which intersects with Bison, which is the entrance to Lake Valley Elementary. Down the other end of the hill is GHMS, where more kids are walking and being taken to school. When people try to get enough speed to get up the icy hill, which is where I saw more than one car spinning tires, they have to yield to the mass of cars coming toward them with kids they are taking to Lake Valley. Even the best of drivers cannot control every situation. Especially when weather is involved. And as for Citizen iceman, Ignorance + judgement = Unfortunate. Thankfully, there are not too many icy days. I personally have nothing against ice. It melts into water, and Arizona needs all the moisture that comes our way. P,S. if a two hour delay upsets you, I suggest you never book a flight East of New Mexico during the Winter. There will very likely be an ice delay or two.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Citizen iceman

Great now the left wing ice haters will want to ban ice because it causes accidents and injuries.
Maybe there can be a compromise such as a limit on the amount of ice that is placed on the roads or maybe they should ban black ice. Better yet lets form a committee for a week, talk to the ice vendors, ice haters, and ice makers and not listen to anything that anyone has to say and still move forward with an executive order and spend hundreds of millions of dollars studying ice, icebergs, and the impact of ice in movies and video games.


Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Face the Facts .

Two things we must face up to here. 1. Despite the fact that many people here are from the midwest, they have forgotten how to drive in wintery conditions. Then we mix that with people that have never had to drive in winter conditions and we get a dangerous situation. 2. The school district ONCE AGAIN blew this call. A delay does not cost them anything. When in doubt (esp. with high school kids) call a 2 hour delay. This is not a one time mistake for them. HUSD often misses the call. There was a day in December that should have been a 2 hours. Kids and their safety first.


Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: Snow White

Dear Yukon Jack: I didn't say anything about installing road heaters. I said let the sun melt the ice. Why would this town install road heaters when they won't install sidewalks or street lights? As for other comments, I was not addressing the rollover. I was stating that the accidents seemed to revolve around people taking children to school. If the roads are glazed over with ice, it doesn't much matter what you drive, or how slow you go. It is like an ice skating rink. I agree go slow. Any car will drive on the ice, but none of them will stop. To drive slow and with caution goes without saying. This is Arizona, not Michigan or Minnesota. I lived in a "Winter City" for 25 years. Most Arizona natives don't get a lot of practice driving on ice. Sometimes, even good drivers have accidents. That is why it is called an accident. It seems to be a tough crowd out there. The person who rolled the vehicle could have been driving at a speed safe for conditions and hit black ice and spun out. You assume they were speeding. Maybe you aren't assuming, which means you were there?? Lighten up with the judgement, please. Or at least consider it.

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: attn: thanks for the laughs!!!

How do you know she was travelling at 55 mph?

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: thanks for the laughs!!!

"said she had been driving slowly when her vehicle slid on heavy ice, spun around, hit the curb and flipped on its side"

slowly=55mph?


Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: Reed Winfrey

I live in PV and work in Prescott. I had to go across town to pick up a coworker and give him a ride to work. PV roads were in much better shape than Prescott.
Please bear in mind that ADOT maintains Highway 69 not the PV crews.
Good job PV road crews.Thanks


Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: Law Dr

If drivers are going to be jerks like the one who drives the white pick up with LawDr license plate, there will be accidents!

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: Glassford Hill Rd Around Bradshaw High School

I also do not understand why the PV & other area schools do not go on a 2 hour delay.
Staff and some kids have to be at Bradshaw high school for 6:45am early JTED classes.
It is not only pitch black outside but the roads and parking lots are slick with ice.
I was driving 10mph and came to the light on Glassford Hill Rd to turn into the high school.
I had to stop for the red light. I slid into the intersection. Luckily no cars were coming towards me. I witnessed 2 other cars do the same thing.
I then had to drive into the icy parking lot.
It is a miracle no accidents happened.
I am an older experienced driver who still had problems with the ice and inability to see because of how dark it was which kind of scared me.
I sure wouldn't want to be a new young driver or the parent of such as a high school student, and have to experience this which I know many have.
Salt the roads, delay work & school start times and lets make weather related issues safer for all who have to go to work and school.


Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: alexander canyon

It's good to hear that some of the PV police department are sober and not fighting with the citizens.

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: amanda rodriguez

i completely agree! i go to bradshaw mountain highschool the parking lot was horrible i was everywhere

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: slow down

Funny yet sad people have to leave early so they don't hurry. Life will not stop for one or two inches of snow or ice. Yes it is dangerous but while driving down glassford rd. I had several cars fly by with kids and cell to ear rushing to get in line at school light no concern for ice. If people drive with caution to the condition of roads and leave early there would be less problems. But people will make excuses of reasons to hurry even with no concern to themselves or others on the road till it to late. To say the schools should wait till the roads dry would be like telling all the states with snow for months to close because the roads are not dry and they my not see sun for weeks. Just get up early and drive careful if you feel you can't handle the roads stay home till the sun comes out. Have a good day.

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: Yukon Jack

Snow White is correct! We OBVIOUSLY need to install road heaters to prevent icy streets!

Seriously, how slow can a vehilce go before it won't roll over if it hits a curb. I think her idea of "slow" might be faster than mine!



Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: Dear Snow White

If people would learn how to drive in 'winter' conditions, we wouldn't be reading about this silly accidents.

Coming from the mid-west (Michigan) almost every-winter-day was icey conditions. Do you think they have a '2-hour delay' for school for each of those? Of course not... it's called common sense.

People need to use better judgement and slow down v. having the gov't put everything on a 2-hr delay for them...


Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: @ Snow White

As a resident of PV, I agree with you 100%. The town is always "late to the game" when they are needed most. Judging by the amount of cinders they put down, we should be good for the next storm. We all know that it will be mid-summer before PV sweeps the cinders from the road too. City of Prescott sweeps between storms to re-use cinders. Get ready for those cracked windshields

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: nice juxtaposition

juxtaposition of ice-warning sign and rolled vehicle is good photojournalism.

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: Heather hgeududu

This morning I took my son to school in Prescott. The roads in Prescott were not icy they were dry. Why were the roads not plowed or deiced this morning in Prescott Valley? Where were our plows and town employees at this morning!!!!!

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: Snow White

I was surprised to learn this morning that the schools did not call a delay in Prescott Valley. Judging from the article, it seems the accidents mentioned were related to children being taken to school. I took my son to Glassford Hill Middle School, and I saw several cars spinning out. I wonder if the buses were slipping on the roads?
I am wondering what it would hurt to let the sun melt the ice from the streets for a couple of hours to make a less dangerous situation for all involved.
It seems obvious the streets are not otherwise maintained in Prescott Valley.




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