Driver Trapped In Truck

Wrecked pickup spotted four hours after it veered off road near Strawberry


A dually flatbed pickup went off the road and landed on its side against a stand of trees Sunday morning after the driver fell asleep at the wheel. Unable to free himself, the driver was stuck in his vehicle for four hours before a passerby spotted the wreckage and called for help.

A dually flatbed pickup went off the road and landed on its side against a stand of trees Sunday morning after the driver fell asleep at the wheel. Unable to free himself, the driver was stuck in his vehicle for four hours before a passerby spotted the wreckage and called for help.

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A Valley man spent four hours trapped in the twisted cab of his pickup truck on Sunday before a passerby spotted the wreck down a steep slope just north of Strawberry.

The man was heading into Payson after a job when he fell asleep at the wheel about 6 a.m., said Sgt. Erik Axlund with the Department of Public Safety.

The dually flatbed pickup veered east across Highway 87 and down a steep hill, crashing through manzanita and landing on its side against a stand of trees.

Unable to free his left leg, the driver sat and waited for help to arrive. And waited.

The pickup was just out of sight from the road.

About 10:30 a.m., a motorcyclist riding along the shoulder finally spotted the truck and called for help.

The Pine-Strawberry Fire Department freed the man’s leg and discovered he had only minor injuries. He was taken to the hospital and released.

Axlund said it was remarkable the man had no broken bones and could walk around considering how mangled the truck was.

“He was just extremely lucky,” Axlund said.

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