Rim Country Fender Benders Abound


The Department of Public Safety worked four accidents this weekend. One required a medical airlift, one sent three people to the hospital, but the others caused no injuries.

The most serious wreck occurred Saturday morning when a silver Jeep Liberty rolled just south of town.

A woman was driving southbound when she lost control for unknown reasons. The vehicle went off the right side of the road into a ditch. She then overcorrected and rolled at milepost 246, said Sgt. Erik Axlund with DPS.

She was taken by air to a Scottsdale hospital and released some time later.

On Sunday at about 12:30 p.m. a Ford F-150 and Chevy Tahoe were involved in a fender bender in front of the Home Center on Highway 87.

Three people were transported to Payson Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Payson Police Chief Don Engler said the accident was likely due to “inattention.”

Engler said the Arizona Department of Transportation a month ago said it wanted to take a more active role in managing traffic scenes on state highways. As part of that effort, ADOT sent workers to help with traffic control, implementing a new partnership with the department, said Engler.


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