DPS officer hospitalized after weather-related crash near Payson

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PHOENIX -- Weather is said to be a factor in a Monday evening crash that involved a DPS officer.

The one-vehicle accident happened on State Route 87 near mile-marker 243,  just south of Payson.

The officer was on a medical emergency call when his car went off the road. He reportedly suffered a head injury. He was flown to John C. Lincoln North Mountain hospital.

Rescuers had to use the "jaws of life" to get the victim out of the car.

"Among the first-responders was one of the fire departments," says DPS Officer Raul Garcia. "They were able to extricate our officer. Because of the rollover collision and the nature of damage sustained by the vehicle, the could not open the doors to get our officer out."

We're told the officer is alert and talking. His condition is being called "serious."

The accident remains under investigation.