Two Weekend Rollovers Tie Up Traffic

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Two different rollovers on Rim Country roads during the Labor Day weekend kept the Payson office of the Department of Public Safety alert.

Sgt. John Whetten said the first was Saturday around 10 a.m., 7 miles north of Strawberry on Highway 87.

"They said there were three elk in the road and they swerved to avoid them and rolled and hit a tree," Whetten said.

Only minor injuries were sustained by the two people in the vehicle, an older model pickup. Whetten said the truck was totaled.

The other accident happened about 2 p.m., Monday, on Highway 260 by Colcord Road.

"Another officer and I were helping a motorist with a flat when we saw a little, old lady driving an S-10 pickup hauling a tandem axle," Whetten said. "We were both concerned.

"As we headed back down the Rim we noticed the traffic backing up, which was unusual at that hour. When we reached the front (of the line), sure enough, there was that little truck and big trailer overturned right in the road."

Whetten said the driver sustained no injuries.

"People had pulled her scooter off and helped her into it and got her off to the side of the road. We were able to clear it in 45 minutes since we were right on top of it," Whetten said.

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