Crazy Crash Closure



Photo courtesy of the Hellsgate Fire Department

An accident on Friday demolished the cab of this semi-truck, but the driver reportedly escaped with minor injuries. The crash closed Highway 260 east of Payson for hours.

A semi-truck carrying 16 cubes of crushed cars, careened out of control Friday, closing several lanes of Highway 260 travel for hours. Although the truck’s cab was badly compressed, the driver walked away with just a couple of cuts.

The accident happened just before 11 a.m. some 24 miles east of town, near the 260 Trailhead, said Sam Seay, Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department spokesman.

The driver of the semi was heading west when he reportedly lost control for unknown reasons, sending the truck skidding on its side for 300 feet along the shoulder. The truck struck trees and the guardrail before landing amongst the pines. By then the truck was a twisted pile of metal resembling the crushed cars it was carrying.

The Department of Public Safety called Christopher-Kohl’s to extricate the driver, and the fire department called Hellsgate Fire for help.

The driver was pulled out of the cab, now lying on its side, and Native Air 7 airlifted him to Scottsdale Osborn hospital. Other than lacerations, the driver is OK, Seay said.

The westbound lanes of Highway 260 were closed for six hours. Traffic was diverted to the eastbound lanes.

DPS is investigating the crash.


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