Thanks to the bravery of several witnesses, a Show Low couple is recovering from only minor scrapes and bruises after being pulled from their burning truck last week on Highway 260.
The couple, described as being in their mid-40s, were heading to Mesa along Highway 260 with their four dogs, said DPS Officer Henry Thomason.
As the couple approached Little Green Valley, the man, driving a Chevy Colorado with a box trailer, went off the right side of the road, overcorrected and veered across both lanes of travel, dropping down a 30-foot ravine.
The Chevy finally came to a stop on the other side of the road on its roof near milepost 263, Thomason said.
The name of the couple was not released.
The man, reportedly noticed one of the dogs was outside of the truck and realized the window had broken, so he crawled out, Thomason said. Four witnesses pulled the woman out of the truck and carried her away from the truck, before it became engulfed in flames.
Within minutes, the truck was destroyed by fire.
All four dogs made it out of the truck uninjured, but three reportedly remain missing after running into the nearby forest. Firefighters searched, but were unable to catch the dogs, Thomason said.
Tracy Cross and her husband, Jim, were traveling from Kohl’s Ranch to Sedona when they came upon the crash around 11:45 a.m.
“My husband and I were there and helped pull a victim from the upside-down truck moments before the vehicle was totally consumed by fire. We were all very aware that the truck, which was on fire, could blow up at any time, possibly taking the lives of any who were near it,” Cross said in an e-mail. “I am a nurse and can tell you that this was the scariest situation I have ever been witness to and it is only by the bravery of total strangers that happened to be driving by that a life was saved.”