Three Accidents Occur Near Corvair Curve On Hwy. 87

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It was a busy weekend near Corvair Curve on Highway 87 south of Payson.

A semi took out several dozen feet of guardrail in the tight turn north of Rye after rolling on its side and several more motorists wrecked in the area later that weekend. No one was seriously injured.

On Nov. 11, a semi truck was heading southbound on Highway 87 about 11:40 a.m. when the driver lost control in the turn and the semi rolled on its side, taking out a large chunk of railing, which managed to keep the truck from plummeting into a canyon below.

Both lanes of southbound traffic heading to Rye were blocked for several hours as crews worked to move the trailer.

By 1:20 p.m., one lane was reopened, only to close again at 4 p.m. as crews got the trailer upright. At 4:20 p.m., both lanes reopened, according to an Arizona Department of Public Safety public information officer.

The driver of the truck suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Later that same day, another vehicle rolled on southbound Highway 87, this time farther south of Payson, at milepost 232.

In that accident, a pickup truck rolled over the median about 5 p.m. and the roadway was closed to let a helicopter transport an individual in the wreck to the hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

At 6 p.m., the highway reopened, according to DPS.

Later that weekend, on Saturday, Nov. 13, two wrecks occurred on southbound Highway 87, again near Corvair Curve, where the semi had overturned.

The first accident happened at 8:30 a.m. when a GMC truck ran off the right side of the roadway.

Then at 2 p.m., another vehicle ran off the road and into the median.

There were no injuries in either of those wrecks.

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