3 Hurt In Rollover Accident

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A Payson teenager was airlifted to the Valley for medical treatment after he was thrown from the back of a pickup truck that rolled over him Sunday afternoon on Doll Baby Road.

Travis Henderson, 18, was riding in the back of a mid-'70s pickup truck driven by Joshua Slaughter, 19, of Payson, when the accident occurred, Sgt. Bob Birgam of the Gila County Sheriff's Department said. Slaughter and 17-year-old passenger Jeremy Sanderson of Payson were taken by ground ambulance to Payson Regional Medical Center.

Henderson was evacuated by helicopter due to the nature of his injuries, said Payson Fire Department Battalion Chief Guy Austin, who was on the scene. "We assumed possible internal bleeding and a possible fractured pelvis, and those are serious injuries," Austin said.

The accident occurred when Slaughter tried to stop the vehicle by hitting a small tree after his brakes failed. He missed the tree, hit an embankment, and rolled the vehicle one time, Birgam said.

The three boys and a fourth friend who was not in the truck were returning from a camping trip when the accident happened.

According to Austin, the two teens taken to PRMC are expected to be fine, but the fire department is still trying to determine Henderson's condition.

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