Update: Two hospitalized after head-on collision

CAMP VERDE - A serious head-on collision near Hayfield Draw on State Route 260 shortly after 3 p.m Monday sent both drivers to the hospital and closed SR 260 for hours between Camp Verde and Cottonwood.

A Ford Taurus was eastbound and a Gary's Landscaping dump truck was westbound, when the Taurus crossed the double yellow line into the path of the dump truck, according to investigating officers with the Camp Verde Marshal's Office.

The impact of the crash was so severe that it destroyed the Taurus, even ejecting the engine 10 yards from the vehicle. The driver's door and steering wheel were gone. The undercarriage and axel was ripped from the dump truck.

The driver of the car, Justin Paul, 21, was treated for multi-system trauma and airlifted by medical helicopter to Flagstaff Medical Center.

The highway was shut down and the helicopter used the pavement as a landing zone.

The dump truck driver, Gary Blalock, 63, was transported to Verde Valley Medical Center.

Traffic was detoured around the accident using Old Highway 279.

Both Verde Valley Fire and Camp Verde Fire companies assisted on the scene and DPS officers also assisted the Camp Verde Marshal's Office.


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