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Body of Golden Valley man recovered from Arizona floodwaters

The truck was found by ATV riders a day after monsoon rains flooded the area, sheriff's deputies said.

GOLDEN VALLEY, Ariz. — The body of a man has been recovered from a pickup truck that overturned in floodwaters in a Mohave County wash, authorities said Tuesday.

County sheriff’s officials said the body was identified as 69-year-old John Craig Johnson of Golden Valley.

They said some ATV riders called authorities after they spotted a truck that was upside down in the wash around 10 a.m. Monday.

Sheriff’s deputies went to the scene and recovered a body that was inside the truck and took it to the county medical examiner’s office for identification.

Authorities said it appears Johnson was driving the truck when it was swept down the wash Sunday night during a monsoon.

The National Weather Service reported that more than an inch (2.5 centimeters) of rain fell in 15 minutes Sunday near Kingman, which is 11 miles (17.7 kilometers) east of Golden Valley.

ORIGINAL STORY: Mohave County search and rescue teams conduct multiple water rescues on Sunday

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The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) offers driving tips to help keep people safe on the road.

"There’s always room for improvement when it comes to road safety," the department said on its website.

ADOT's suggestions include:

  • Don’t speed or drive aggressively
  • Never drive while under the influence of substances
  • Avoid distractions while driving
  • Wear your seatbelt and make sure all passengers are doing the same
  • When an emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, move over
  • Stay extra aware in work zones
  • Be prepared for weather conditions that make driving dangerous

Find more tips on the department's Driving Safety Homepage on ADOT's website here.

"Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511, downloading the AZ 511 app and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT," the department said.

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