MOHAVE COUNTY, Ariz. – A woman was taken to the hospital by Life Flight and a man was transported to the hospital by ambulance Saturday night following a head-on collision in Mohave County, Arizona, between Colorado City and Fredonia. The man and woman each had to be extricated from their vehicles.
“When I arrived on scene, I had two patients that were trapped inside,” Fredonia Volunteer Fire Chief Dustin Riddle said. “We had to extricate both of them.”
Reports of the accident, which took place at mile marker 24 on state Route 389, were received just before 6:30 p.m. The crash involved a maroon passenger car and a red passenger car, both of which were extensively damaged and had to be removed from the scene by tow truck.
“It does look like, just by the marks, one veered off from the one side of the lane and had a head-on collision,” Riddle said.
The drivers of the vehicles, a man and a woman, were the only occupants of their cars. Riddle said the man was traveling westbound and the woman was eastbound when the collision occurred.
Responders had to cut the drivers out of their vehicles before they could be transported to the hospital.
A Life Flight helicopter was flown in from Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George and flew the woman to DRMC. The man was transported to DRMC by ambulance. Riddle declined to comment on the condition or injuries of either driver.
“One is a local person,” he said, “and I’m not sure about the other individual. I don’t know where the other individual was from.”
The highway was shut down in both directions when responders first arrived at the scene. The westbound travel lane was eventually reopened to traffic, but the eastbound lane remained closed for a longer period of time while responders attended to the crash.
“Just for the public,” Riddle said, “when you come up on accidents like this, please slow down. That was one of our biggest issues, just getting traffic under control. Our focus should be more on the victims and the car, but when we’ve got cars going past us at a high rate of speed, we’re No. 1 – to take care of our life first, because we want to go home. We want to educate the public out there: If you see lights and emergency vehicles, slow down.”
The cause of the crash and contributing factors are being investigated by the Arizona Department of Public Safety as this report is published.
The names of those involved in the accident and information regarding whether any citations will be issued in connection with the crash are not available as of publication time.
The Fredonia Fire Department; emergency medical service responders from Kane County, Utah; Arizona DPS; and responders from Hildale/Colorado City responded to the accident.
“I’m just very proud of the units that responded and very, very glad everything worked out OK,” Riddle said, “and hope for the best for the patients.”
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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