Accident Shuts Down Highway 89 in Chino Valley
Chino Valley police were called to a three-vehicle accident on Highway 89 Thursday morning around 11 o'clock. The vehicles involved were a Ram 2500, a Ford F350, and a Chevrolet Silverado towing a fifth-wheel trailer. The driver of the Ram 2500, a 64-year-old Chino Valley man, was the sole occupant of the vehicle and had to be extracted from the vehicle by Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority. He sustained moderate injuries, and was transported via helicopter to an area hospital for treatment. At last check, he was reportedly in stable condition. The driver of the Ford F350, a 25-year-old Chino Valley man, was treated for minor injuries and released at the scene. The driver of the Chevrolet Silverado towing the trailer, a 44-year-old Glendale man, was not injured.
Traffic on Highway 89 between Road 3 North and Road 4 North was closed in both directions for approximately 90 minutes. Preliminary investigation revealed that the Ram 2500 was travelling south on 89 prior to the collision. The Chevrolet Silverado towing the trailer and the Ford F350 where both travelling north on HIghway 89. According to witnesses, the Ram 2500 drifted into the northbound lanes of traffic. The Ram 2500 side swiped the Chevrolet and trailer, then clipped the Ford F350. The Ford F350 left the roadway and flipped on its’ driver side, where it came to rest. The Ram 2500 also left the roadway and came to rest, upright, on the east shoulder of the roadway. All vehicles involved, except the Chevrolet, sustained major damage and were towed from the scene.