Close call after vehicle crashes into I-17 guard rail

Crews extricated the driver, who was and treated, and then flown via air medical helicopter to Flagstaff Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.(VVN/Bill Helm)

Crews extricated the driver, who was and treated, and then flown via air medical helicopter to Flagstaff Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.(VVN/Bill Helm)

Battalion Chief Eric Strauss reports that Montezuma-Rimrock and Camp Verde fire districts along with Verde Valley and Sedona district crews were called to a one-vehicle collision at milepost 298 in the south bound lane in Interstate 17 Friday morning.

The wreck was first thought to be a rollover accident, but initial units found one vehicle, a large black SUV, had crashed head-long into the end of a guard rail. The SUV suffered heavy damage and about 40-feet of guard rail penetrated from the vehicle.

There were five occupants, but the driver was trapped and the only one inside the vehicle. The other four had succeeded in removing themselves from the vehicle and did not require medical treatment.

Crews extricated the driver, who was and treated, and then flown via air medical helicopter to Flagstaff Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.

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