Wed, April 01

Injuries reported in highway accidents

Rollover on Interstate 17

The Montezuma Rimrock Fire District responded to a vehicle accident on Interstate 17 Thursday at 10 a.m.

The accident was reported at milepost 298. When crews arrived at the milepost, no accident was found and they continued north on I-17.

At milepost 300, crews saw an SUV towing another vehicle on a trailer in the southbound lane. Fire Chief, Michael Van Dyke, said the weight was too much for the SUV and it rolled over, blocking the high-speed lane of the interstate.

All of the responding units had to turn around on the interstate to get to the southbound lanes.

According to the fire district, the traffic was slow and was restricted to one lane. As emergency crews were working on the accident, a semi truck lost its breaks and came through the accident scene, striking another semi truck in the rear. The truck also hit a mini van, which had received a flat tire from debris from the first accident.

All occupants in the mini-van were not hurt.

The two semi trucks traveled 200 yards further before they could stop. The rear of one of the trucks caught fire.

According to the fire district, the two truck drivers were uninjured and refused treatment. One patient from the first accident was transported to the Verde Valley Medical Center with minor injuries.

One-car accident on 260

A single vehicle rollover accident left two people injured Tuesday morning.

According to the Camp Verde Marshal's Office, the accident occurred at about 12:05 a.m. The vehicle had extensive damage due to multiple rollovers. Police say that it appeared the vehicle was sliding on its side when it left the roadway and that the vehicle rolled about 200 feet until it came to a rest.

Alberto Samuido, 37 of Camp Verde, was driving and was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt. He was air evacuated to John C. Lincoln hospital.

Maria Ayala, 38 of Camp Verde, was the passenger and was taken to the Verde Valley Medical Center for evaluation because of neck and back pain. Police report that she was wearing her seatbelt.

According to CVMO, there were two beer bottles located in the vehicle.

Samuido was unable to speak and was in intense pain. There was also an alleged odor of alcohol on Samuido, police said.

According to CVMO, charges are pending the results of blood alcohol tests.

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