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WHITE MOUNTAINS — Police had a busy couple of days with traffic collisions last Wednesday and Thursday.

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, they responded to a collision involving a passenger car and a tractor-trailer near the entrance to Walmart on Main Street.

A 63-year-old Taylor woman, with her grandson on board, was traveling southbound in the right lane alongside a semi (also southbound) in the near lane when the woman apparently turned left crossing in front of the semi causing them to collide.

Police said the driver of the semi was uninjured while the grandmother and her grandson were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Traffic in both directions on Highway 77 (Main Street) was restricted as crews cleared the scene.

Police said impairment is not suspected in this incident.

Then at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, May 16, police responded to a head-on collision on Highway 277 near Country Club Fields close to the golf course involving two pickup trucks.

Police said they are waiting on toxicology reports before they can say if impairment may or may not have been involved.

Police said Jordan Friend, 19, of Snowflake, collided head-on with another pickup truck shortly before noon heading with two adult occupants on board.

Police said Friend was taken into custody and all three people involved in the collision were transported to Summit Healthcare in Show Low with non-life threatening injuries. Traffic in both directions on Highway 277 was closed/restricted until police cleared the scene.

In Show Low, Timber Mesa Fire and Medical responded to a report of a porch fire in a neighborhood behind Northland Pioneer College.

No one was reportedly home when firefighters arrived and were able to contain the fire to the porch and a portion of the interior of the older, single-wide manufactured home, according to Timber Mesa Fire officials.

Some of the damage to the porch and interior of the home was significant, according to Timber Mesa officials who also said the fire had already started entering the interior of the home when firefighters arrived on-scene.

The cause is under investigation. No one was injured fighting the fire.

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Mike Leiby covers police, courts, and the towns of Snowflake and Taylor.

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