A Mesa couple is lucky to have walked away unscathed after they ran the stop sign at the intersection of Highways 87 and 188 Christmas Day and were struck by a vehicle, says the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
The couple had driven up to Payson to sightsee for the holiday. On their way back to the Valley, they decided to take Highway 188 through Globe to return home, said DPS Officer Steve Montgomery, who worked the call.
At the Highway188 turnoff, the male driver reportedly breezed by the stop sign. Another Valley couple, heading to Payson to visit parents, hit them.
The driver said he hadn’t seen the northbound vehicle and assumed it was clear to cross over the roadway. The northbound driver, meanwhile, swerved to avoid the wreck, but struck the left side of the vehicle behind the driver’s door.
No one was injured in either vehicle.
There have been a number of fatalities at that intersection. According to Roundup archives, the most recent fatal wreck occurred in June 2012.
Two people in a 2012 Ford Fusion were killed when the driver of the vehicle exited westbound State Route 188, running the stop sign. A northbound semi-tractor trailer rig on Highway 87 struck them.
In October of 2011, two California residents died when their motorcycle collided with a pickup at the junction. The driver of a westbound Honda motorcycle reportedly failed to stop at the stop sign and a Dodge pickup struck them.
Montgomery said it is lucky no one was seriously injured in Wednesday’s afternoon wreck.