Passing Motorists Help Free Trapped Driver

Using a shovel and their hands, motorists who stopped to help in this rollover accident on Highway 87, north of Payson, Sunday morning, were able to free the driver, who was trapped in the vehicle. Reportedly, his only injury was a cut on his head. The accident briefly closed the southbound lanes of the Beeline.

Using a shovel and their hands, motorists who stopped to help in this rollover accident on Highway 87, north of Payson, Sunday morning, were able to free the driver, who was trapped in the vehicle. Reportedly, his only injury was a cut on his head. The accident briefly closed the southbound lanes of the Beeline. Photo by Alexis Bechman.

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On Sunday, one motorist trapped in his vehicle was the benefactor of the quick thinking of passing motorists.

Several men jumped into action when they saw a vehicle overturned in the snow and the driver trapped inside and hanging upside down just north of Payson on Highway 87.

Using a shovel and their hands, the men pried open the passenger door so the man

could climb out.

Paramedics later took the driver to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Janice Pearson, who was heading northbound on 87, said she didn’t see the accident, but saw snow flying everywhere just after it occurred around 10 a.m.

Pearson and another driver were the first to stop and Pearson immediately got on her cell phone to call for help.

Other motorists stopped and soon eight men were prying open the passenger door.

It appears for unknown reasons the man, who was heading northbound, lost control near milepost 264.5 and drove off the west side of the highway.

The red two-door passenger vehicle hit a boulder, flipped and landed on its roof in a bed of smaller brush. The vehicle narrowly missed several larger trees.

The man had a cut to his head.

Southbound lanes of travel were closed for some time, but re-opened at 11:10 a.m., according to the Department of Public Safety.

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