Head-on collision sends 3 to hospital
CORNVILLE - Wednesday at about 7 a.m., Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a head-on collision on Cornville Road between Page Springs Road and Beaverhead Flat Road.
A black-over-white 2011 BMW Mini Cooper, driving west on Cornville Road, crossed over the center line and collided with a red 2015 Hyundai sedan travelling in the east-bound lane. A third vehicle, described as a silver 2005 Acura, veered off the roadway to avoid the collision and crashed into the guardrail.
The initial investigation, according to a news release from YCSO, indicates that the BMW, driven by 19-year-old Julian Dallen from Cottonwood, crossed into oncoming traffic after he fell asleep. Dallen's 17-year-old brother was a passenger in the vehicle. Dallen suffered a broken right arm and leg along with facial cuts and was admitted to a local hospital.
His brother received minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital.
The driver of the Hyundai sedan, a 41-year-old Rimrock woman, had no time to avoid the wrong way driver and was injured following the collision. She suffered several broken bones and was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center in serious condition for expected surgery. The driver of the Acura, a 57-year-old Sedona woman, was not injured.
Dallen was cited for Failure to Drive in the Proper Lane and Causing Serious Physical Injury during a Moving Violation.
The investigation remains active.
Cornville Road was closed for approximately three hours as fire personnel worked to stabilize those injured.
The Yavapai County Road Department then worked for more than an hour to remove fluids from the roadway and temporarily repair the damaged guardrail.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov