Ash Fork man dies when commercial tractor pulling 18-wheel trailer filled with sandstone rolls over

Single vehicle accident closes Double A Ranch Road for three hours

ASH FORK, Ariz. -Michael Seel, 41, of Kaibab Estates West died yesterday as the result of injuries he sustained during a single vehicle roll over collision that occurred on Double A Ranch Road located north of Ash Fork, Ariz.

On Sept. 12, at approximately 1 p.m. emergency dispatchers of the Flagstaff/Coconino County 911 Center received the report of a single vehicle rollover collision with both the driver and passenger trapped in the cab of a commercial tractor pulling an 18-wheel trailer loaded with sandstone. Initial reports indicated that both of the vehicle occupants were trapped inside the vehicle and were critically injured. Other responding agencies included the Arizona Department of Public Safety Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, Life Line Medical Transport, Guardian Air Medical Transport and the Kaibab Estates West Fire Department.

Upon their arrival, Coconino County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) deputies found that the commercial vehicle had completely rolled over and came to rest on the top of the cab of the tractor. Fire and medical personnel extracted both the driver and passenger and determined that the driver identified as Seel was deceased at the scene. Native Air Medical Air Transport flew the passenger, who sustained critical injuries, to Flagstaff Medical Center.

Thus far, the ongoing investigation has revealed that the vehicle was south bound on Double A Ranch Road when for an unknown reason the driver lost control resulting in the vehicle leaving the roadway and rolling over. Investigators believe that neither of the vehicle occupants was wearing safety restraints. Large pieces of sandstone and other debris came to rest on Double A Ranch Road, blocking it in both directions. The on-scene investigation and process of clearing the roadway caused Double A Ranch Road to be closed for three hours.

CCSO deputies, detectives and death investigators of the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office are continuing this investigation. No enforcement action has been taken at this time.

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