18-Wheeler Flips On Highway 260

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An 18-wheeler flatbed truck loaded with bags of asphalt material rolled over on Highway 260 between Christopher Creek and Kohl's Ranch Lodge Monday morning, slowing down but not stopping traffic for several hours.

"The driver was hauling big canvas sacks of ground-up rubber, about the consistency of powdered detergent, when the truck rolled over on its left side after failing to make a right-hand curve," said Sgt. John Whetten of the Department of Public Safety.

The driver, 55-year old Harold Stoner of Mesa, was eastbound at 6:45 a.m. when he tried to make the curve at milepost 270.5 on Highway 260. When the truck's load shifted, Whetten said, "the truck rolled over and spilled about 50 percent of its load. Most of the sacks split open, and the material spread all over the highway."

Stoner was transported by LifeStar ambulance to Payson Regional Medical Center. The extent of his injuries could not be determined by press time. The truck, a 1981 model, was repairable, Whetten said.

Traffic never came to a complete stop because the eastbound lane of Highway 260 remained open throughout the accident and subsequent cleanup.

"All we did was alternate traffic," Whetten said.

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