Bridgeport crash sends two women by air to hospitals

BRIDGEPORT -- Two women from different vehicles were flown to trauma hospitals after a serious t-bone crash in Bridgeport Monday night.

According to witnesses, one vehicle made a U-turn on SR 89A near Bates Road and then was struck t-bone style by a pickup truck. Emergency crews say the first call, about 5:30 p.m., reported the accident as a head-on collision.

The highway was closed while crews from the Verde Valley Fire District and officers from Cottonwood, DPS and Sedona controlled traffic.

A 77-year-old woman from Cornville, Arlene Walsh, was trapped in one vehicle wreckage and had to be extracted by VVFD crews and then loaded into a waiting Native Air helicopter. The highway was closed for 75 minutes to land the helicopter and clean up wreckage.

A woman in the second vehicle, Rosemary Peterson, 64, of Cottonwood, was also injured and needed to be extracted from the pickup truck. She was initially taken by Verde Valley Ambulance to the Cottonwood hospital, but was later flown to Flagstaff by Guardian Air.

Walsh was reported to be in critical condition.

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