A rollover accident on the north Beeline Highway sent a Payson resident to Scottsdale-Healthcare hospital with serious injuries Sunday morning.
Elizabeth A. Richardson, 45, suffered multiple fractures and lacerations when her blue four-door Subaru rolled off the road and into a stand of trees at about 10:36 a.m.
"It looked like she was traveling through a left-hand curve, drifted too far to the right, and steered to regain the roadway." Officer Bill Murphy of the Department of Public Safety said. "Once she regained the roadway, she oversteered back to the right, and the car rotated as it slid back off the roadway a second time. The car then ... overturned onto its side and into the trees."
When emergency crews arrived, Murphy said, "they had to cut the roof off the car to extricate her. The car was totaled."
No other vehicles were involved, and traffic was not significantly delayed due to the accident, the officer said.
"We quickly channeled a lane to where we could still route both north- and southbound traffic. The main obstruction was created by the arrival of emergency vehicles, but that delay was brief and minimal.
"Fortunately, she was wearing her seat belt, and that lessened the injuries she sustained."