Four Dead After ATV Plunges off Cliff Near Blue Ridge

Sep 17, 2018

Four people were killed Saturday in an ATV crash in the Blue Ridge area along the Mogollon Rim.

An ATV that went over a cliff Saturday killing four people likely started a 10-acre wildfire on the Tonto National Forest in a rugged, steep area.
Credit Coconino County Sheriff's Office

Tracks indicate it went off a Forest Service road and plunged 400 feet off a cliff. The victims had been reported overdue earlier in the day. Investigators don’t know why the ATV veered off the road.

According to Coconino County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jon Paxton, all four victims have been recovered and are being transported to the medical examiner’s office.

Officials are investigating why an ATV plunged 400 feet off a cliff. All four aboard the vehicle died.
Credit Coconino County Sheriff's Office

A 10-acre wildfire that started at the site is being attributed to the crash, and made it difficult for search and rescue crews to access the rugged area. Firefighters on the Tonto National Forest are monitoring the blaze.

Identities of the crash victims haven’t yet been released pending identification by next of kin.