It was a mess to clean up, but the driver of an 18-wheel tanker truck suffered only minor injuries even though her big rig was destroyed.
Montezuma-Rimrock Fire Chief Mike Van Dyke speculates that, had the trailer been full rather than empty, the woman's injuries may have been much more serious and possibly even fatal.
The 41-year-old woman from Springfield, Mo., was southbound after taking a load of vitamin supplements to the Purina Foods plant in Flagstaff.
She told rescue crews that the front end of the tractor pulled hard to the left and the truck drove through a guardrail and down a 50-foot embankment. The truck rolled onto its side at MP 295 on I-17.
Camp Verde T-bone
The Camp Verde Fire District crews packed up one patient with minor injuries for treatment at Verde Valley Medical Center Thursday.
The injuries were the result of a two-vehicle broadside accident at the McCracken Lane intersection of SR 260.
Jerome argument leads to stabbing
A Jerome woman reportedly stabbed her boyfriend twice after an argument Aug. 21 in Jerome. Joanne Louden, 52, was charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon.
Steve Garland, 44, reportedly walked to Main Street for help late that Monday. Police said the man was bleeding heavily from the forearm and buttock from stab wounds and was taken to Verde Valley Medical Center for treatment.
Jerome Police found that Garland and Louden had been arguing at her residence on First Street when she stabbed him with a kitchen knife.