CAMP VERDE – The driver of a van was declared dead on scene after a Tuesday morning collision on SR 260 at milepost 215.3 in Camp Verde near Cherry Creek Road.
Around 6:16 a.m., the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office deputies responded to a serious two-vehicle accident involving the passenger transport van and a tractor-trailer.
“Initial investigation at the scene indicates the tractor-trailer was headed eastbound with the van heading westbound when the collision occurred,” said CVMO Public Information Officer Darby Martin in a news release.
The driver of the van was declared deceased at the scene, according to the release.
“The scene immediately became a multi-agency effort, with assistance from surrounding agencies including, the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona Department of Transportation, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, and the Yavapai Apache Police Department,” said Martin.
At this time in the investigation, said CVMO, driver impairment of either driver is unknown, however it appears the driver of the van crossed the centerline striking the tractor-trailer.
The collision resulted in the closure of the highway, which will be in effect for an undetermined amount of time. Drivers traveling to Cottonwood are asked to plan an alternative route to I-17.
The accident remains under investigation with assistance provided by DPS.
Further details will be released as they are received from the investigations unit, said CVMO.