Two people died when they pulled out in front of a truck on the Beeline Highway at 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Department of Public Safety.
A release of preliminary information indicated that two people in a 2012 Ford Fusion westbound at State Route 188 apparently ran the stop sign and pulled out in front of a northbound semi-tractor trailer rig on Highway 87.
The preliminary report indicates the two people in the Fusion may have lived in Superior.
The report says investigators found no evidence that alcohol was involved in the accident.
Rescue units reportedly responded from Payson to find the car in a bloody tangle. Crews reportedly used the jaws of life.
A spokesman for the Payson Fire Department confirmed that Payson dispatched units to the accident scene.
As it happened, several Payson units had already worked much of the night on a house fire in Star Valley, providing backup for Hellsgate Fire Department.
As units handled that call late into Monday night, yet another medical call came in — this time for a woman in Payson who was screaming and erratic. Scanner traffic indicated that units on the scene called for medical backup because the woman was seeing “little people” and shouting at the imaginary beings.
The stretch of Highway 87 between Payson and the State Route 188 turnoff remains one of the most dangerous routes in Payson, with fatalities throughout the year. Several other accidents have taken place at that intersection in the past two years, usually caused by people turning onto Highway 87 from Highway 188.
Several drivers have also lost control of their cars on the steep descent into Rye, especially when ice or rain have made the pavement treacherous.