HEBER-OVERGAARD — A three-vehicle head-on collision occurred on Friday at 8:45 a.m. on State Route 260 at mile marker 301, closing the highway in both directions until approximately 1:30 p.m.

The vehicles involved were identified as two pickup trucks and a Ford sedan, authorities state.

According to an email from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, one person was pronounced dead at the scene. One person was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment and two others were flown to Phoenix area hospitals. One of the injured persons was reported to have life-threatening injuries.

The deceased driver was Michael Lemon, 67, of Payson. DPS stated that a westbound vehicle crossed the centerline hitting two eastbound vehicles at high speed.

Lemon was in one of the eastbound vehicles.

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