On Sunday morning, February 27, at approximately 10:45 a.m., the Prescott Regional Communications Center began receiving multiple 911 calls regarding a car accident on Highway 89 just north of the Dells in Prescott. When the initial Prescott Fire Engine arrived on the scene, they found a two-vehicle accident, one of which was a rollover.
The only person injured was a 52-year-old man who was driving a four-door SUV from the mid to late 1990s. Witnesses said the vehicle rolled over about three times. The patient was wearing his seat belt correctly and his only complaint was head pain secondary to the rollover. He was transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center and Prescott for further evaluation.
Several fire crews were on site for about an hour after the crash clearing debris from the roadway. After investigation by the Prescott Police Department, the roadway was reopened to traffic.
It is essential that all safety restraints be used at all times in a vehicle. Airbags can deploy in a car accident, but without the proper use of a shoulder and lap seat belt, these airbags may be ineffective in a collision with a vehicle. Seat belts do indeed save lives… Use them every time!
Photo courtesy of Jeff Jones, Prescott Fire Department.