Driver Dies In Gisela



Douglas Glorfield drove toward a job in Winslow for his employer, W. Parker Excavating Thursday morning. He packed up his Wilderness by Fleetwood camper from its spot in Gisela to use as his home while he worked, hitching it up to the Dodge Ram 3500 truck emblazoned with the logo of his employer on the side, said Detective Karen Baltz of the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.

Sometime before 9:10 a.m., Glorfield experienced a still undetermined medical emergency as he drove on Forest Road 417 toward Highway 87, said Baltz. Glorfield drove into oncoming traffic and nine feet up an embankment before his trailer fell on its side.

Samantha Anderson, an EMT firefighter for Tonto Basin and a Gisela Fire Department volunteer, came upon Glorfield as she drove to her pediatrician’s office for an appointment with her daughter around 9:10 a.m. She was the first to come upon the accident. After dialing 911, Anderson administered CPR to the driver until paramedics arrived.

Glorfield was taken to Payson Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 10:05 a.m.

Cleanup crews worked until after 1 p.m. to remove the trailer and pickup truck. The truck remained undamaged and cleanup crews could drive it off the embankment. The trailer received damage from cleanup crews righting it to remove it.


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