- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - An armored car ended up partially on top of a pickup truck after a collision on a Phoenix street Tuesday, injuring several people in the pickup and resulting in difficult extractions of people from both vehicles, authorities said.

Because of the armored car’s position and its weight, firefighters had to use struts to prop up the armored car before cutting open the pickup to remove three occupants, fire Capt. Ruben Saavedra said.

The pickup’s 65-year-old driver and two teenagers were hospitalized for treatment of critical or serious injuries, Saavedra said.

Firefighters used a ladder to reach a guard who managed to open a door in the armored car’s rear compartment, but they had to pry open a door in the front to extricate the driver, Saavedra said.

“An armored car is designed to keep people out,” Saavedra said. “It was a challenging call.”



The armored car’s driver and guard were taken to a hospital for evaluation, Saavedra said.

Police Sgt. Trent Crump said the collision occurred when the armored car crossed the center line after the driver lost control.

The armored car’s driver was using or reaching for a cellphone to contact a dispatcher, looked up and saw stopped vehicles ahead and swerved to avoid them, Crump said.

Police were conducting an investigation and did not immediately issue any citations, Crump said.

Some money, including coins in containers, fell out of the armored car when the rear compartment’s door opened, but authorities were already on the scene at that point and none of the money went missing, Crump said.

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