Truck Accident Blocks Beeline South Of Town

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The southbound lanes of Highway 87 on Ox Bow Hill were the scene of a second accident in as many days Thursday night.

The lanes near Corvair Curve at milepost 246 were closed to traffic for five hours while emergency crews worked to clear an overturned tractor trailer.

Payson Fire Chief John Ross said the driver of the truck received minor injuries in the one-vehicle accident that occurred at 5:30 p.m.

The unidentified driver was treated at the scene. He complained of chest and pelvic pain and was transported by Canyon State Ambulance to Payson Regional Medical Center.

Ross said the southbound traffic was stopped until about 10:30 p.m.

Donna Atkinson, a spokeswoman with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, said the incident is the second this year at Corvair Curve, from milepost 245 to 246.9.

The first was April 13 when a single-vehicle accident occurred just after 4 p.m. at milepost 245. The two occupants received minor injuries after being ejected from the car.

In 1998, there were nine accidents from milepost 245 to 246.9 on the curve. Four people were injured, but there were no fatalities.

The Payson DPS area, a 75-mile stretch on the Beeline Highway from milepost 225 at the Maricopa County line to milepost 300 by Blue Ridge Reservoir, had a total of 131 collisions and 40 one-vehicle accidents in 1998.

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