Deadly Curve Claims Yet Another Victim

Speeding semi rolls at Corvair Curve — third crash in a month


The driver of a semi-truck escape serious injury after taking the Corvair Curve on Hwy. 87 too fast -- the third crash there in a month.

The driver of a semi-truck escape serious injury after taking the Corvair Curve on Hwy. 87 too fast -- the third crash there in a month. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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For the third time in a month, a vehicle has rolled near Corvair Curve south of town. Despite a notoriously high rate of wrecks near the curve, Arizona Department of Transportation officials say they have no plans for improvements.

They say driver behavior, including excessive speed, is likely to blame for most of the wrecks.

That appears to hold true in the most recent crashes, which included a fatality.

On Monday, a semi-truck rolled there when a driver lost control as he careened through the treacherous curve at milepost 246.

The driver, part of a family trucking business based in the Valley, told a Department of Public Safety officer he was doing roughly 65 mph through the turn.

The officer cited the man for failure to control speed because the speed limit in the curve is 10 mph slower than the rest of the highway due to the steep grade and angle of the turn.

Many motorists underestimate the curve and go well above the posted speed limit with disastrous results.

The curve was the site of two other rollovers in August and at least one in July.

The most deadly wreck happened Aug. 1, when a man fleeing police flipped his vehicle just north of the curve. The man’s daughter, a 7-year-old Payson girl, died after she was thrown from the vehicle.

Police arrested the man for second-degree murder along with several other counts.

Dustin Krugel, public information officer with the Arizona Department of Transportation, said the department has no plans to make improvements in the area. Rumble strips and signs are posted before the curve to get drivers’ attention.

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