3/3/2014 7:31:00 PM Rollover accident near roundabout injures one
Review/Salina Sialega Chino fire and police personnel work to remove driver Clifford McInroy, 26, of Prescott, from his 1984 Toyota truck that crashed into a rock-lined ditch yesterday about 4 p.m. along side Highway 89 north of the Road 4 South roundabout in Chino Valley.
A Prescott man crashed his pick-up truck on Highway 89 north of the Road 4 South roundabout in Chino Valley at 4 p.m. Monday after hitting a curb, flying 30 feet into the air, and rolling end over end down into a rock-lined drainage ditch with water at the bottom, according to witnesses.
The spokesman for the Chino Valley police, officer Mark Garcia, said Clifford McInroy, 26, was traveling south on the highway when his truck left the road for unknown reasons, hit the curb, and landed upside down at the southern-most end of the long ditch on the side of the highway. He was the only person in the truck. Garcia said speed was not a factor in the accident.
A medical helicopter flew McInroy to John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix, Garcia said.
Several employees at a nearby business were outside closing up and were the first people on the scene. They said they could tell the driver was unconscious at first, and released his seat belt because it was choking him. In addition, the driver's left arm was out the window and pinned under the truck. He also had injuries to his face.
Witnesses said they thought a tire blew first that caused the driver to hit the curb, however, Garcia said there's no evidence a tire blew prior to impact with the curb.
Chino Valley fire crews, including an off-duty firefighter, used cutting tools on the truck door to free the man's arm and get him out of the truck. Ambulance crews brought a stretcher down the rocky ditch and helped the driver on it. They transported him by ambulance to the other side of the highway, and loaded the man into the medical helicopter, waiting in an open field.
Another witness, traveling ahead of the driver who crashed, said her 5-year-old son saw the airborne truck flying past the passenger side of her van. She stopped because she wanted to make sure the driver was safe.
Posted: Sunday, March 9, 2014
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"They said they could tell the driver was unconscious at first, and released his seat belt because it was chocking him"
EDITOR'S NOTE: Choking, has been corrected. Thank you.
Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014
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He flew 30 feet into the air? Is this based on the witness account of the 5 year old? Or did he jump the horses in the middle? Either way, to jump 30 feet in the air obviously requires more than the posted 45mph speed limit.
But that's ok, I'm sure putting a massive chicane in the middle of a State Highway is totally safe. Let's put 3 more of them in between Chino and the Airport. Let the General Lee stunt jumps begin!!