/ Modified sep 18, 2018 2:51 p.m.

Authorities Unsure What Led ATV to Go Off Arizona Cliff

Search and rescue teams recovered the bodies of four men from the Phoenix area who plunged 400 feet off a cliff.

ATV view larger VIEW LARGER Wreckage of an ATV that plunged off a cliff in the Coconino National Forest, in the Blue Ridge area.
Coconino County Sheriff via Facebook

FLAGSTAFF — Authorities in northern Arizona are trying to figure out how an ATV went off a cliff, killing all four men riding in it.

Coconino County Sheriff's officials recovered the bodies Monday of the victims of a weekend crash near Blue Ridge.

Sheriff's spokesman Jon Paxton says investigators are continuing to look into how the all-terrain vehicle veered off a forest road and plunged 400 feet.

Paxton says the four men were from metro Phoenix area and had been on a camping trip in the Payson area.

He says the county medical examiner had not yet made positive identifications.

The Saturday crash also sparked a 10-acre fire, which made it difficult for rescuers to get to the victims.

The road has since reopened.

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