Car, cement truck wreck closes Carefree Highway

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
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PHOENIX -- A woman was air-lifted to the hospital after she was trapped in her car in a wreck that caused a concrete-mixing truck  to overturn in the area of 51st Avenue and the Carefree Highway early Tuesday morning.

It happened at about 6 a.m.

The driver of the station wagon, a woman, was air-lifted to the hospital. She had to be cut from the vehicle, which was sustained extensive damage. It took crews quite some time to get her out.

"She was totally encapsulated inside that car," said Capt. Phil Dyer of the Daisy Mountain Fire Department. While she was conscious, she did suffer serious injuries. She was in stable condition when he was air-lifted to John C. Lincoln Hospital.

The driver of truck, which belongs to Maricopa Ready Mix and was carrying materials to make concrete, suffered relatively minor injuries. Although he was up and walking around at the scene, he was taken to the hospital by ground ambulance.

According to investigators, the truck and car were headed in opposite directions when one of them drifted into the other's lane causing the vehicles to sideswipe each other. Investigators are still trying to determine who is at fault.

Carefree Highway was closed in both directions between Lake Pleasant Parkway and Interstate 17. That closure was expected to remain in place until at least mid-morning.