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8/5/2013 7:16:00 PM
Speed a factor in 5-vehicle collision, Prescott Valley police say
This minivan was crushed under a tanker truck July 31 in Prescott Valley when a truck and trailer overturned. TribPhoto/Sue Tone
This minivan was crushed under a tanker truck July 31 in Prescott Valley when a truck and trailer overturned.
TribPhoto/Sue Tone
A truck and trailer overturned on July 31 in Prescott Valley,  involving 5 vehicles. TribPhoto/Sue Tone
A truck and trailer overturned on July 31 in Prescott Valley, involving 5 vehicles.
TribPhoto/Sue Tone

Sue Tone
Reporter


Speed was the cause of a late morning accident involving five vehicles at the intersection of Fain Road and Highway 69 on July 31, Prescott Valley Police said Monday.

The collision resulted in heavy damages to vehicles, but no fatalities. One person was flown to Jon C. Lincoln Hospital and later released, said Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney.

Investigators have learned that Samuel Fairfield, 49, of Beaumont, Texas, was driving his pickup truck pulling a fifth wheel trailer and a second trailer with a motorcycle on it, Bonney said. Fairfield attempted to make a right turn onto Fain Road at a high rate of speed and was not able to negotiate the turn.

Fairfield drove over the raised median and struck several vehicles as his vehicle overturned. He hit a red Dodge minivan, causing it to be pinned underneath a fuel tanker. He also struck the front of a Chevy Impala, causing heavy damage to car.

"The Impala may have been pushed back into a full size Suburban. The force of the crash actually moved the semi truck and trailer into another lane," Bonney said in a press release on Monday. "While the damage to the vehicles was heavy, fortunately, everyone survived the collision."

The driver claimed the vehicle in front of him stopped abruptly and he had to go around on the right to avoid a collision, Bonney said.

"This doesn't change the citation info as drivers are supposed to maintain a safe following distance and speed to have room to stop," he added.

Police issued Fairfield several citations on charges he exceeded the maximum length for a trailer combination, failed to control speed to avoid an accident and had no proof of insurance.

Traffic on Fain was delayed for several hours while the collision could be investigated and cleaned up, Bonney said.

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