Officials say it is amazing two horses survived Thursday afternoon after the trailer they were riding in flipped and rolled down an embankment north of town, leaving it dented like an old tin can.
The horse trailer detached from the pickup pulling it after the driver of the pickup reportedly swerved to avoid an accident with a passenger vehicle on Highway 87 near the Control Road turnoff.
The driver of the white Chevy passenger car was driving too fast for the roadway, said a Department of Public Safety official to the Roundup’s photographer on the scene Thursday.
The passenger vehicle rolled, landing on its roof.
The accident blocked both lanes of traffic and people streamed out of their vehicles to help or watch the emergency efforts unfold.
Several people helped prop up the passenger vehicle as crews pulled the female driver out. Paramedics transported the woman to Payson Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, said Pine-Strawberry Fire Chief David Staub.
The driver of the pickup was uninjured.
Matt and Mona Hensley of Tucson saw the accident occur right in front of them as they headed to Pine to visit family.
Mona said she called 911 and P-S Fire and an EMT team arrived in minutes.
Mona, who works with saving wild horses, was relieved to see the horses had survived the rollover.
Staub said the horses were up and walking around when he arrived on scene.
Traffic backed up to the Tonto Natural Bridge turnoff to the south and a quarter of a mile to the north, Staub said.
It is unknown if DPS issued any citations.