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Simone Lake Injured in Accident on State Route 87

Jonathan V. O'Steen

February 5, 2016

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Payson, Arizona—Simone Lake of Payson was airlifted to a hospital Tuesday night after her car was T-boned at the intersection of State Routes 87 and 188, south of Payson.

According to Tonto Basin Fire Chief Steve Holt, Ms. Lake was traveling north on SR 87 when a 2002 Buick ran a stop sign at SR 188 and struck her SUV.  The Buick had a California license plate and carried five occupants.

Ms. Lake and four occupants of the Buick were airlifted to various area hospitals.

Recovery efforts included five helicopters from Payson, Globe and other nearby hospitals.  The injured were transported to Scottsdale Osborn, Honor Health North Mountain and Banner Payson Medical Center.

Multiple agencies including Arizona Department of Public Safety, Tonto Basin Fire Department, Gila County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement are involved in investigating the accident.

We wish Ms. Lake and all those who were injured speedy and complete recoveries.

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