Four Hurt, Two Flown To Scottsdale After Rollover


A pickup truck traveling down Rainbow Road in Star Valley rolled Sunday afternoon, injuring the four unrestrained occupants.

According to Diamond-Star Fire Department personnel, two of the four occupants suffered severe enough injuries to require air-lifting them to Scottsdale Healthcare hospital. The other two, while suffering minor injuries, refused treatment.

D-S firefighter Cris Lecher said when emergency medical personnel arrived, the occupants were giving different reasons for the accident.

"One said there were several four-wheelers driving up and down the road, and that they got cut off," Lecher said.

For whatever reason, the vehicle rolled and landed on the head of one of the teenagers. Lecher said witnesses were able to roll the truck off the injured boy's head, and that all four were conscious and talking before treatment.

Medical personnel said the two more seriously injured teens suffered lacerations and abrasions to their heads. The two who refused treatment suffered only minor cuts.

Missing boy found

Another incident was reported Friday evening, by a Valley couple who were heading to the Rim country with their 13-year-old boy. The boy was riding in the back of the couple's pickup truck, which was covered by a camper shell.

According to Department of Public Safety Officer Bernadette Koren, the parents got to Payson, but their son, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was no longer in the bed of the truck.

The parents told authorities they'd last seen their son in the back of the truck near the junction of highways 87 and 188. They said that by the time they got to Payson he was gone.

"The Gila County Sheriff's Department was the lead agency," Koren said, "and we had people looking from milepost 226 to 250. We even had the DPS Ranger 52 helicopter in on the search."

A few hours later, the 13-year-old was found at milepost 231.8 on the Beeline Highway, she said. He was taken to Payson Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for lacerations and contusions.

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