7-21 wreck

The intersection of Manzanita and East Highway 260 was the scene of an accident Wednesday morning involving three vehicles and six people.

It appeared two vehicles in the turn lane hit head-on — both front ends were crumpled. The third vehicle was off the road to the southeast.

The Payson Police and Fire departments and ADOT all responded to get the vehicles off the road as soon as possible, to get the hazards out the road and traffic moving again.

All patients refused treatment and transportation initially. Payson Fire was called back to the scene for a patient who was complaining of soreness, according to Battalion Chief Dan Bramble. The paramedics assessed him again and he again refused treatment and transportation

On the morning of June 9, there was another three-vehicle accident with injuries at the same corner.

That intersection has more accidents than any other intersection in the community, according to the Payson Police Department.

There have been 243 accidents in the past three years and many of them occurred at Manzanita and Highway 260.

Contact the reporter at tmcquerrey@payson.com

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(1) comment

Mike White

A good way to relieve the congestion there would be to extend Mud Springs Rd to the 260, so that all those folks who live in the SE quadrant of the town would not have to drive all the way down Granite Dells Rd from Mud Springs Rd to get to the 260. And many of these drivers tend to speed down Granite Dells when they get close to the intersection so they can make the light, while customers leaving the Safeway parking lot are trying to get out. And then put some signs that say 'No Through Traffic' on Mud Springs Rd so that no new traffic from passers-through is brought to that area. Adding the increased traffic to/from the new MHA/MHR/RCEA park on Mud Springs will make the congestion at the Manzanita intersection even worse unless they can instead ingress and egress directly to a new 260 access.

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