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Man rescued after three days in vehicle in good condition

Jerome Fire Chief Rusty Blair said the man’s Toyota FJ Cruiser four-wheel drive rolled 300 feet off Allen Springs Road down to Forest Road 493. Rescue crews had to hike with Jaws of Life extrication equipment to tear open the vehicle to get the man out.
Photos courtesy of Kim Moore, Verde Valley Ambulance and Rusty Blair, Jerome Fire Dept.

Jerome Fire Chief Rusty Blair said the man’s Toyota FJ Cruiser four-wheel drive rolled 300 feet off Allen Springs Road down to Forest Road 493. Rescue crews had to hike with Jaws of Life extrication equipment to tear open the vehicle to get the man out.

A Cornville man who was trapped in his vehicle off Allen Springs Road for three days before being rescued was listed in good condition at Flagstaff Medical Center Monday, according to a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office press release.

The 60-year-old was rescued from a remote area of Mingus Mountain the afternoon of Friday, May 27, after good Samaritans spotted debris on the roadway and then saw his Toyota SUV more than 350 feet down a steep embankment off Forest Service Road 493.

YCSO deputies noted the victim was still wearing his seat belt.

Fire and EMS personnel used the Jaws of Life to remove the SUV’s roof and free the man, who’d been trapped for approximately three days without food and water.

The cause of the single-vehicle accident remains under investigation by YCSO.

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