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A semi caught fire on State Route 87 Thursday afternoon near milepost 226.

A man was killed when he jumped from a semi Thursday morning that had caught fire on State Route 87.

About 5:40 a.m., Mauricio Ramos was driving on the 87 near milepost 226 when his semi-truck experienced a mechanical issue, which started a fire, according to Bart Graves, an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesperson.

“The driver jumped from the moving semi-truck and suffered fatal injuries,” he said.

A GoFundMe has been set up in Ramos’ name, https://gofund.me/90c66b97.

“A 28-year-old husband, father, son and brother whose life was taken far too soon. Maury leaves behind his wife and their 3-week-old son,” according to the fundraising page. “The Ramos family is devastated, broken, and at a loss for words. A life beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered! Donations will help the family lay Maury to rest. Anything helps, no donation is too small.”

The highway was closed for several hours Thursday as crews worked to remove the semi and complete their investigation.

Contact the editor at abechman@payson.com

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