Head-On Crash Closes Hwy. 260 For Five Hours


Three people and three dogs were injured Thursday afternoon in a head-on traffic collision on Highway 260, shutting down the highway for five hours.

A pickup truck heading west near milepost 246.5, six miles west of the Highway 260 and 87 junction, went into the eastbound lane and struck a four-door car head-on at 12:45 p.m., said DPS officer Steve Iker.

A man and woman in the truck and a woman in the car, all in their 50s, had to be removed by emergency personnel.

Iker did not know of any sustained life-threatening injuries.

Two dogs, great danes in the car and a small mutt in the truck, were also injured, he said.

None of the dogs were restrained. Dogs need to be strapped down or in carriers, Iker said. "These dogs probably would have been fine if they had been restrained," he said.

Multiple agencies responded to the crash, including Pine-Strawberry Fire Department, Tonto Rim Search and Rescue, Camp Verde Fire Department, Forest Service and seven DPS officers.

Despite the five hour road closure, traffic only backed up a little, he said.

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