By Matt Kroschel
A 73- year old man from Mesa County is dead after an ATV crash on the Grand Mesa Thursday afternoon.
Mesa County Sheriff officials tell NewsChannel Five the man was alone when the accident happened.
NewsChannel Five has learned the man was a member of Western Slope ATV Association. The group was working on trails in the area when the accident occurred. Several members of that club are also Search and Rescue members and were already on the scene. Deputies with the MCSO responded along with the Mesa County Coroner.
The cororner said Thursday night his office will preform an autopsy to find a cause of death. We have learned the man was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
The original call for help was overheard by deputies in the area over a Ham radio, since cell phones and normal radios did not work at the scene. The recovery operation was launched from the Leon Creek Trail Head. We are told the man's body was another five miles up the trail in the Leon creek drainage and Hightower Mountain. This is south east of Vega.
The name of the man has not been released and the details of the incident are still being investigated by authorities.
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