After spending the day at the veterans hospital in Phoenix Friday, 78-year-old Terry Snidecor called his wife, Bev, telling her he was going to stop for dinner in Payson before heading home to Pine.
At about 8 p.m., Snidecor called his wife on his cell phone, telling her he'd had an accident. He said he was at Highway 87 and Hardscrabble Road, but Pine-Strawberry Fire Department rescue crews found nothing in Pine.
They traveled south on Highway 87 in search of the missing man. Searchers spotted lights off the west side of the road at the bottom of Buckhead Mesa.
At about milepost 262.2, just south of the Buckhead Mesa landfill, Snidecor's blue Chevy pickup drifted off to the right and he overcorrected, sending him into oncoming traffic and then over the edge, rolling his vehicle about 100 feet down a steep, rocky hillside. The truck landed at an angle on the driver's side.
Airbags and a seat belt protected Snidecor and he was alert and sitting in the passenger window of the truck when rescuers Harris Scott and Mike Rogenstein reached him.
Rescuers placed Snidecor in a stokes basket and carried him up the slope to an awaiting ambulance.
Snidecor was taken to Payson Regional Medical Center where he was treated for shock and bumps and bruises and released Saturday morning, his wife said.
"There was not a mark on that truck," Bev said as she waited for her husband to be brought up from the accident. "It was his pride and joy."
No citations have been issued.