Driver Suffers Minor Injuries In Rollover


A rear-ended pickup truck flipped over on its side in the driveway of Ace Hardware Wednesday morning, narrowly missing vehicles in the store's parking lot.

According to Payson Police Officer Billy Hoffman, the 2002 Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by Deer Creek resident Charlotte Trekas, 74, was heading north on the Beeline Highway when Trekas turned into the Ace entrance.

That's when a 2000 Ford Explorer driven by 53-year-old Cynthia Windle of Pine, also traveling north, hit the right back end of Trekas' vehicle, pushing it up and then over on its side.

"(The driver of the) Ford Explorer was not paying attention to the roadway," Hoffman said. "She was looking off to the left. When she looked forward, she observed the Toyota barely going into the (Ace Hardware) entrance.

"By the time she attempted to slow down, she rear-ended the pickup truck.

"(Trekas) failed to have her seat belt attached," Hoffman said. "When the vehicle rolled over, she was wedged into the passenger compartment."

As a result, Payson Police officers and two Payson Fire Department crews who had been dispatched at 10:58 a.m. were forced to saw off the roof of the pickup in order to free Trekas.

Trekas, complaining of chest pains, was immobilized and transported to Payson Regional Medical Center. Doctors there diagnosed minor contusions, Hoffman said.

Windle, meanwhile, was cited for failure to control speed to avoid collision. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

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