Phoenix Man Crushed by 30-Ton Boulder Near Flagstaff

A man from the Phoenix area was hit and pinned by a 30-ton boulder while he was trying to remove a different boulder from a dirt road near Flagstaff.

The Coconino County Sheriff's Office says the man, whose name hasn't been released, was part of a crew that was going to work on a radio tower on Mount Elden, which is northeast of Flagstaff.

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The Sheriff's Office says the man was standing on the dirt road, Elden Lookout Road, while attempting to move a big boulder from the road yesterday morning, when a rock slide involving a 30-ton boulder came down and landed on him.

Since the man was more than three miles up the mountain, there was some difficulty getting him down. The ambulance couldn't drive up there, so the Sheriff's Office had to take him in an SUV to the bottom of the mountain, where he was placed into the ambulance, which took him to a hospital in Flagstaff.

A spokesman for the Sheriff's Office says the man's "legs and pelvic area appeared to have been crushed and severely injured by the weight of the boulder."

UPDATE: CCSO spokesman Gerald Blair tells us that as of about 11:30 a.m. today, the man was listed in critical, but stable condition.

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