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Two Men Die, Teen Injured in ATV Accident Outside Strawberry

Jonathan V. O'Steen

June 2, 2020

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Strawberry, Arizona—Two men died and a teen was seriously injured when the ATV in which they were riding went airborne and crashed into a tree on Saturday afternoon.  According to Coconino County Sheriff’s Office deputies, the accident occurred on Forest Road 144, several miles north of SR-260 on the Mogollon Rim. 

Witnesses camping nearby found the ATV wrapped around a tree on its side and rolled the vehicle upright.  The area was so remote that it took the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department about an hour to reach the site.  Emergency responders found two men dead inside the vehicle. 

The third passenger, a 14-year-old in the rear seat, was trapped inside the roll cage and seriously injured.  Campers lent crews a reciprocating saw to extricate him.  Native Air transported the teen to a Phoenix hospital.

Our hearts are with the victims’s families and friends as they mourn their losses.  We wish the teen a quick and full recovery.

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