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Cottonwood Guardian Air air-lifted a local woman to Flagstaff Medical Center Monday with life-threatening injuries after her car rolled several times west of Sedona.
By Trista Steers
Larson Newspapers
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Cottonwood Guardian Air air-lifted a local woman to Flagstaff Medical Center Monday with life-threatening injuries after her car rolled several times west of Sedona.

Sedona Fire District emergency crews responded at 7:40 p.m. and found the woman approximately 60 feet from her vehicle.

The woman’s northbound vehicle drifted into the median and rolled numerous times south of Dry Creek bridge, according to SFD Public Information Officer Gary Johnson.

Crews closed both sides of Hwy. 89A for a short period of time.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officers also responded.

Sedona Fire District Capt. Bill Maxwell, off duty at the time, was the second person on the scene.

Maxwell drove northbound as well and stopped after he saw taillights flipping and lots of dust.

With debris strewn on both sides of the highway, Maxwell said he knew the situation was serious and immediately called 9-1-1.

“It was most likely she was going to have to go to a trauma center,” Maxwell said.

According to Maxwell, another person had stopped traffic by the time he arrived because the woman was laying in the roadway.

Maxwell said he did what anyone would do in an emergency situation by activating the 9-1-1 system and offering what aid he could.

“Whether I’m on duty or off duty it’s the same as far as procedure,” Maxwell said.

Being on the other side — responding as a civilian rather than firefighter — frustrated Maxwell. He said he found it hard to be at the scene and not have “all the tools of the trade.”

Maxwell stayed with the victim until SFD emergency crews arrived. He then helped prepare the victim for transport.

Maxwell said he felt relieved when emergency crews. Time spent waiting for crews to respond seems much longer on the other side of the equation, according to Maxwell.

“Seconds seem like minutes and minutes seem like hours,” Maxwell said.

Angel 3, a Guardian Air helicopter, landed on Hwy. 89A to load the woman. The helicopter than transported her to FMC.


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