Three vehicle collision sends three to hospitals in Safford and Tucson

The DPS is investigating a three-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 70 east of Safford.

By Jon Johnson

GRAHAM COUNTY – A three-vehicle collision sent three people to the hospital on Thursday.

According to a release from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a Ford pickup truck collided into two smaller passenger vehicles on U.S. Highway 70 at milepost 343 at about 7:02 p.m.

Three people were transported to the Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center, however, two of them were later flown to Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. The third person was not admitted to the hospital.

The crash debris field covered both directions of travel on the highway, according to a Graham County Sheriff’s Office report, and the driver of the truck had to be extricated by the Safford Fire Department.

A driver of one of the cars involved in the crash advised that his two young children were not accounted for. However, after a search, the deputy learned the children were at home with their mother in Bylas and were not in the car with the father at the time of the crash as he mistakenly believed.

The collision is under investigation by the DPS.

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