Boulder Crushes Man Near Flagstaff

Rock slide on Mount Elden Road.

Rock slide on Mount Elden Road. |

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A boulder weighing more than 30 tons crushed a Phoenix man's pelvis and legs Tuesday on a mountain road near Flagstaff.

The 27-year-old was attempting to move another large boulder off the Elden Lookout Road when a second rock slide occurred, pinning him down, according to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office. The man, who was traveling with four others, was reportedly heading up the mountain to work on one of the radio towers.

A sheriff’s office patrol sergeant and corporal were the first to arrive. By the time they had, the men traveling with the victim had gotten him out from underneath the rock.

The weight of the boulder had severely crushed his legs and pelvic area.

Due to the condition of the road, an ambulance and fire truck were not able to travel the 3.3 miles up to the man.

A sheriff’s sergeant and a Guardian battalion chief with four-wheel drive vehicles drove rescue personnel to the scene.

Since there was no place for a Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue Helicopter to land, a sheriff commander drove the victim down the mountain to a waiting ambulance. He was then transferred to the Flagstaff Medical Center.

The Coconino National Forest has closed Elden Lookout Road and may be temporarily closing other trails and areas affected by the recent rains. Current conditions can be found on their Web site: www.fs.usda.gov/coconino.

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