Accident

A semi-tractor trailer, a GMC pickup, a tow truck and police vehicles block the southbound lane Thursday on White Mountain Boulevard.

PINETOP — Icy roadways contributed to a four-vehicle accident in the 1300 East block of White Mountain Boulevard/SR 260 before 9 a.m. Thursday.

Southbound traffic was restricted to one lane for at least two hours.

“The collision involved four vehicles to include the semi-tractor trailer,” said Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department Sgt. Thomas Adduci. “Two individuals with injuries were transported to the hospital.”

At around 10 a.m., a semi-tractor trailer and a GMC pickup were still in the roadway. Crews were directing traffic around the scene as well as pouring salt on the roadway.

The pickup was being loaded onto a tow truck while another vehicle with front fender damage was parked on the west side of SR 260. The make or model of the fourth vehicle involved in the crash was not visible.

The accident is still under investigation but it appeared that recent storms caused ice to form on the roadway that may have been a contributing factor.

The Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department, Pinetop Fire Department and other crews responded and some were still at the scene around 10 a.m.

“Please stay alert, allow extra braking distance and adjust your speed accordingly during inclement weather,” said Adduci.

Reach the reporter at

lsingleton@wmicentral.com

Laura Singleton is a reporter for the White Mountain Independent, covering Show Low city government, business and education.

(1) comment

Sunnysummers

Sad about this is if the roads had been plowed before it froze, or cindered, the accident might have been prevented.

I'm extremely frustrated with the lack of snow removal on the roads this year.

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