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Authorities unsure what led ATV to go off Arizona cliff

September 18, 2018
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This photo provided by the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, posted Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, shows the burned wreckage of an ATV, found at the bottom of a 400-foot cliff, in the Coconino National Forest in northern Arizona. Authorities say the bodies of four men killed in the fiery crash have been recovered. Coconino County Sheriff's officials say a 10-acre fire and rugged terrain made it difficult for rescuers in the Blue Ridge area to get to the site of Saturday's crash. (Coconino County Sheriff's Office via AP)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — 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 (122 meters).

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 (4-hectare) fire, which made it difficult for rescuers to get to the victims.

The road has since reopened.

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