HEBER-OVERGAARD — One person is dead and two others are in the hospital after a two-vehicle, head-on fatality collision on Highway 277 near milepost marker 317 on Sunday, Aug. 4.
Heber-Overgaard Fire Chief Dee McCluskey said they got the call a little before 8 p.m. that there was a head-on fatality collision on Highway 277 involving a Chevrolet pickup truck and a Buick sedan passenger car.
“It was a pretty devastating scene when we got there,” McCluskey said.
Arizona Department of Public Safety Media Relations Specialist Bart Graves said the eastbound Buick driven by Jeremy L. Tsosie, 29, of Shiprock N.M., crossed the center line colliding head-on with the truck. Tsosie was killed in the crash.
“The Buick spun around and came to rest in the center of the road facing west. The engine was torn from the vehicle and started a grass fire on the south side of the road. The pickup truck rolled down an embankment and came to rest on it’s side. The driver of the Buick sedan was deceased on scene. Both occupants of the pickup suffered severe injuries and were flown to Scottsdale Osborn and Flagstaff Medical Center,” Graves said in an email.
McCluskey said the Buick with Tsosie’s body inside, caught fire. McCluskey said Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers had arrived shortly before Heber-Overgaard fire personnel and had applied a “life saving” tourniquet to one of the occupants of the truck. Heber-Overgaard personnel also performed triage and other emergency medical treatment to the two survivors before they were transported by air to hospitals for further treatment as well as putting out the car fire and the brush fire while helicopters arrived.