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Phoenix man severely injured in large rockslide

The rock that crushed the victim is shown. (Photo: Coconino County Sheriff's Office)

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix man sustained severe injuries Tuesday after being crushed by a large boulder, the Coconino County Sheriff's Office said in a press release.

Authorities were alerted about 7:20 a.m. that a 27-year-old victim had been crushed by the boulder while attempting to clear a different boulder off the Mount Elden Lookout Road.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they found the victim in the middle of the road. Four men he was traveling with had pulled him out from under the boulder and it appeared that his legs and pelvic area had been crushed.

The victim was taken to the Flagstaff Medical Center.

Investigators later learned the men were driving up the mountain to perform maintenance on a radio tower.

As a result of the accident, Elden Lookout Road is temporarily closed.

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