A pickup truck carrying bicycles started a chain-reaction wreck on State Route 87 Thursday afternoon, said Payson Fire Department officials.
The 2:40 p.m. wreck began when at least one bicycle fell off a truck and onto the northbound roadway south of Payson at milepost 227. That is roughly 100 yards north of the runaway truck ramp, said a Payson fire captain.
It appears another pickup ran over the bike, which lodged under the vehicle. The driver of that truck pulled over to dislodge the bike. Another vehicle heading northbound reportedly hit that truck, striking the driver, who was thrown, the fire captain said.
Another truck pulling a toy hauler passed, lost control and crashed into the median. Propane tanks in that trailer then started leaking, fire officials said.
“It was a mess,” the fire captain said.
Three people were taken to the hospital, including two in stable, but serious condition. They were airlifted to Valley hospitals. Paramedics took a third person to Banner Payson Medical Center for treatment, according to a Department of Public Safety spokesperson.
The roadway was closed until 4:30 p.m.