Four-Vehicle Collision Hwy 87 North

After using the jaws of life Payson fire fighters extricated this woman from the vehicle she was driving and took her to a landing area where she was flown to a valley hospital.

After using the jaws of life Payson fire fighters extricated this woman from the vehicle she was driving and took her to a landing area where she was flown to a valley hospital. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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A four-vehicle collision Tuesday afternoon closed Highway 87 north of Payson for several hours as crews extricated one driver and worked to clear debris off the roadway.

Just after noon, a gold Ford Taurus heading southbound into town reportedly lost control and crossed the centerline, striking three northbound vehicles, including a motor home, according to the Department of Public Safety.

The Taurus first sideswiped the motor home, then a white passenger car behind it and finally stopped when it hit a truck head-on.

Firefighters had to extricate the driver of the sedan, a female in her 20s, who was airlifted to a Valley hospital in serious condition, according to Sgt. Erik Axlund with DPS.

The driver of the pickup was taken to the Payson hospital while the other two drivers did not need medical attention.

Axlund said it is unclear why the female driver lost control and the investigation is ongoing.

The roadway was closed for an hour and a half, with one lane reopened about 2 p.m. and all lanes at 2:40 p.m.

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