On 6/15/2022 at approximately 12:31 pm, Chino Valley Officers responded to a single vehicle rollover collision on North State Route 89 at mile marker 332.
When officers arrived, they found a heavily damaged maroon 2001 Ford F250, in a dirt field on the east side of North State Route 89. The driver, a 55-year-old male from Ashfork, was the sole occupant of the vehicle and appeared to have been partially ejected from the vehicle, resulting in life threatening injuries. Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) and Lifeline personnel responded to the scene to treat the male.
Traffic on State Route 89 was closed in both directions for approximately 35 minutes to allow Native Air to land a helicopter on the roadway. The male driver was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he remains in critical condition.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the Ford was travelling north on SR89. For unknow reasons, the vehicle left east side of the roadway just south of mile marker 332. After the vehicle left the roadway, it continued off the shoulder of the road, struck a barbed wire fence, and overturned after hitting some trees. The vehicle came to rest upright and rolled into the middle of a dirt field, several yards from SR89.
At this time, the investigation is on-going and identification of the driver will be held pending the notification to family and the completion of the investigation.
The Chino Valley Police Department would like to thank motorist for their understanding and patience while the roadway was closed to all traffic for several minutes. We also want to thank our partnering agencies for their assistance, including the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority, Lifeline Ambulance, Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Native Air, and ACT Towing.