Victims flee from I-40 rollover crash

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by azfamily.com

azfamily.com

Posted on January 25, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 28 at 2:26 PM

WINONA, Ariz. -- The Arizona Department of Public Safety says it has located 15 people who fled from their vehicle after it rolled on Interstate 40 Friday night.

DPS responded to the rollover, which occurred about 10 miles east of Flagstaff, and was told there might have been up to 20 people in the van.

Authorities began an active search, utilizing ground searchers, patrol units, canine tracking units and helicopters.

DPS Public Information Officer Raul Garcia said six occupants were located after two local residents reported people knocking on their doors looking for help. Four others were reportedly found around a campfire west of the collision scene.

Six occupants were admitted to Flagstaff Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, Garcia said.

Three of the occupants are teenagers and were reportedly turned over to Child Protective Services.

The active search was called off about 2 a.m. Saturday, according to Garcia.

The Coconino County Sheriff's Office, Summit Fire Department, and Guardian Medical Transport assisted DPS with the incident.

DPS units returned to the area around the crash scene at daylight Saturday and conducted a search, but no other occupants were found, Garcia said.

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