UPDATE: Head-on crash closes Cornville Road; one patient flown

Verde Valley Fire crews on the call summoned the Angel-3 medical helicopter. A woman reportedly struck the steering wheel and suffered abdominal injuries, according to police scanner reports Monday. Photography by Vyto Starinskas

Verde Valley Fire crews on the call summoned the Angel-3 medical helicopter. A woman reportedly struck the steering wheel and suffered abdominal injuries, according to police scanner reports Monday. Photography by Vyto Starinskas

CORNVILLE -- A head-on collision in the Cornville Road switchbacks sent one person to Flagstaff Medical Center Monday afternoon and blocked Cornville Road traffic for hours.

The accident occurred just after 4 p.m. and involved an older model El Camino wagon and a newer Toyota Rav-4 SUV. The west-bound El Camino ended up in the east-bound lane, but it is unclear who was in the wrong lane at the time of the collision, according to Jerry Doerksen, assistant chief for the Verde Valley Fire Dist.

Verde Valley Fire crews summoned the Angel-3 medical helicopter. One patient reportedly struck the steering wheel and suffered abdominal pains and was flown to Flagstaff Medical, said Doerksen.

Two other patients were taken by ground ambulance to Verde Valley medical center.

The Angel-3 medical helicopter used the Verde Santa Fe Golf Course as a landing zone and was in the air before 5 p.m.

Verde Valley Fire had two engines and two ambulances on the fire in addition to sheriff's deputies.

CORNVILLE -- The initial Yavapai County Sheriff's Department report shows that 36-year-old Peter Macias of Sedona drove left of center on the Cornville Road switchbacks causing the head-on collision with a Toyota SUV Monday afternoon. Macias was the only occupant in the 1978 GMC El Camino. The Toyota driver Michael Gallegos, 53, had a passenger in the newer Toyota.

Macias was airlifted by Angel-3 to the Flagstaff Medical Center after he was thrown against the steering wheel and complained of pain. He has since been released from the hospital.

Gallegos and his passenger were also released after treatment at the Verde Valley Medical Center.

Traffic was initially blocked during the investigation, but was opened up with a single lane until the wreckage was cleared.

Yavapai Sheriff's deputies continue to investigate the case and evidence and have sent Macias' blood samples to the lab for testing. No charges have yet been filed.

-- Jon Hutchinson

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