Two Airlifted For Treatment After Accident


A rear-end collision involving an ADOT truck resulted in two people being airlifted to separate hospitals.

Shane Richard Hounshell, 21, an employee of ADOT, and Elicia Guerrero, 24, were taken by Native Air to different hospitals after the accident Thursday.

Hounshell's truck rear-ended Guerrero in her 2005 Ford F250 Super Duty four-wheel drive truck in Pine, a DPS officer said.

The ADOT truck Hounshell was driving was also a Ford F250 Super Duty four-wheel drive.

Hounshell is from Star Valley and Guerrero is from Payson.

Hounshell was taken to Flag-staff Memorial trauma center in serious condition, while Guerrero was taken to Scottsdale-Osborn Hospital, where she was treated for a broken nose and released.

Hounshell suffered a broken leg, a laceration to the forehead and a fracture to his skull, DPS Sgt. John Whetten said.

Whetten said Guerrero's boyfriend told him she would probably require cosmetic surgery.

Whetten said Hounshell was northbound on Highway 87 when he hit Guerrero, who was turning left onto Bradshaw Drive.

Whetten said there is no left-turn lane from the highway onto Bradshaw Drive, but she was making a legal turn when Hounshell ran into her.

Whetten said Hounshell apparently wasn't paying attention and simply didn't see the vehicle until it was too late.

"When he hit the vehicle, he jackknifed her car, sending his truck underneath it, and pushing the front end and dashboard of Hounshell's vehicle back into the driver's compartment, about 24 inches," Whetten said.

He said when two like-size vehicles collide it is not uncommon for this type of accident to occur.

"I've been told Hounshell was up and on crutches this morning (Thursday) and is doing well," Whetten said.

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