Thu, Aug. 22

Stormy weather creates a mess for drivers

There was a flurry of accidents early this week, many linked to heavy rainfall Monday and Tuesday.

The Montezuma-Rimrock Fire District was called to five incidents on Interstate 17 Monday evening. The worst of them was a rollover accident in which one person was ejected near milepost 298. Three people were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The district was also called to several slide-off accidents Tuesday morning on the freeway.

Montezuma-Rimrock Chief Mike Van Dyke says drivers often don't adjust to changing conditions by lowering their speeds when roads become wet. When the rainfall is especially heavy, drivers should pull over and stop until the pounding rain subsides. Vehicles will "hydroplane" when water pools on the roadway.

Camp Verde Fire responded to a rear-ender on Arizona 260 at Newton Lane. Two people were taken to Verde Valley Medical with minor injuries

A woman refused treatment after her vehicle rolled over Monday afternoon on Old Highway 279 south of Verde Village. While Verde Valley Fire crews were attending to the rollover, a private vehicle sought help from them for a subject who was involved in a quad accident. He was transported for a shoulder injury.

Before the rains, Camp Verde Rescue crews were called to an accident Friday evening 13 miles south on the Fossil Creek Road. A car crashed into a tree while attempting to avoid a second vehicle on the narrow washboard road. A man and woman were taken to the hospital for injuries.

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