Northern Arizona University Crash Sends Three Passengers Flying from Bed of Truck

Northern Arizona University Crash Sends Three Passengers Flying from Bed of TruckOn Friday, November 11, a roll-over crash on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff involved a total of eight students, three of whom were thrown from the bed of the pickup truck as the vehicle rolled across the road, ABC affiliate News 15 reports.

According to the media outlet, Bill Morse, Captain of the Flagstaff Fire Department, stated that emergency crews were first dispatched at about 1 p.m. to an accident at the intersection of San Francisco Street and McConnell Street. Morse stated that the accident occurred when the pickup truck, which was traveling north on San Francisco Street, allegedly struck the curb on the opposite side of the street, causing it to flip and roll several times.

The three occupants riding unrestrained in the bed of the truck were immediately ejected, while the five students inside the cab remained inside as the truck rolled a far distance and came to rest on its passenger side door.

The accident called for three Flagstaff Fire Department units to be summoned, as well as three Guardian Medical Transport ambulances. The emergency crews worked along the the university’s police department to investigate the crash.

Morse told the news provider that four people had to be taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries, while one other student was rushed to an area medical facility because of a head injury.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, pickup trucks and vans accounted for 19.6 percent of all accidents throughout the state in 2010, and killed 118 people. Of all incapacitating injury cases, 340 were linked to lack of passengers not using safety devices.