A truck driver suffered head and neck injuries Monday after falling asleep at the wheel and driving his tractor trailer down an embankment on south I-17, authorities said.
According to Department of Public Safety officers Ray Klies, the crash occurred about 7 a.m. near the McGuireville rest area.
Michael Farrow, 36 was transported by helicopter to a Phoenix hospital in unstable condition, Lake Montezuma–Rimrock Fire Department reported. According to Klies, he was released Tuesday.
The truck nearly missed a guardrail and rolled about 400-feet down an embankment causing major damage to the truck, Klies said. The truck was reportedly transporting 30-foot long aluminum braces at the time of the crash.
Farrow was cited for three commercial vehicle infractions.
Cottonwood woman arrested on drug charges
A Cottonwood woman was arrested Tuesday morning on drug charges when police discovered usable amounts of methamphetamine.
Jaime Lou Lloyd, 31, was arrested when police spotted her riding a bicycle on Main Street without a headlight shortly after midnight, Cottonwood police reported.
A background check showed that Lloyd had a warrant for her arrest out of Gila Bend, police said. A subsequent search of her belongs reportedly turned up the drugs, a straw, a razor blade and a lighter.
Lloyd was booked into Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on the warrant, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Minor injuries reported in two-car collision
A Cottonwood woman was taken to the hospital after two cars collided at the intersection of Arizona 260 and Fir Friday.
Joanne Grable, 59, was taken to Verde Valley Medical Center about 3:25 p.m. to be evaluated and treated for a minor head injury suffered in the crash, Cottonwood police said.
According to witness statements, it is unclear whether Grable or Jessica Harris, 26, Cottonwood, the driver of the other car, caused the crash by running a red light, police said.
In the collision, Harris’ pickup was knocked onto its side when Grable attempted to turn onto Arizona 260 from the Osco Pharmacy parking lot and hit Harris’ vehicle, police said. Harrison was reportedly uninjured in the crash.
No citations were issued in the case.