Hailstorm Of Accidents

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A sudden hailstorm Friday afternoon resulted in a number of collisions that shut down the Beeline Highway for about 90 minutes.

Vehicles traveling south on Highway 87 were forced to make a U-turn at the Mazatzal Casino from 1 to 2:30 p.m., while officers from the Department of Public Safety investigated five accidents involving eight vehicles.

DPS Sgt. John Whetten said the sudden hailstorm made the Beeline Highway very slippery in the area nicknamed "Corvair Curve" due to the high number of collisions there.

Whetten said there were three two-car collisions and two one-vehicle collisions.

The hail that came down for about an hour covered up the highway, and, as it melted, the road conditions became very dangerous, Whetten said.

DPS, with help from the Payson Police Department, routed traffic into the Casino parking lot.

A snowplow was needed to remove all the hail from the roadway.

All injuries were very minor, Whetten said. None of the people involved in the series of collisions were from the Rim Country area.

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