Teen Trapped In Rollover Wreck Tops Busy Night For Police


Just after Payson High School’s graduation, firefighters responded to a rollover accident north of town.

The rollover, which closed Highway 87 for several hours, happened near Flowing Springs Road, seven miles north of Payson just after 9 p.m.

Reportedly, one juvenile was trapped in the vehicle. It is unknown if the vehicle’s occupants were coming from graduation festivities.

After freeing the juvenile, paramedics took the juvenile to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

While firefighters were on scene, a young girl that had reportedly burned her hands stopped and asked for medical attention. The girl was allegedly being driven to the hospital for treatment when she came upon the wreck, said Payson Fire Chief Marty deMasi.

Both persons were released a short time later from the hospital, according to a Department of Public Safety spokesperson. The highway was reopened at 10:30 p.m.

deMasi said Thursday night was so busy for emergency personnel that Payson Fire didn’t have anyone available to respond to the rollover.

Hellsgate and Pine-Strawberry firefighters answered the call instead while Payson worked three other calls.

One involved a motor home that caught fire heading northbound on Highway 87 into town. The transmission had reportedly leaked, spraying the muffler and catching fire, deMasi said. By the time firefighters arrived, the fire was out.

“It was a very busy night,” he said. “Everything decided to happen at once.”


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