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Man dies after driving around road closure, vehicle swept away by floodwaters

Rural Metro FD: Man drove around road closure sign
Posted at 1:31 AM, Aug 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-13 13:03:00-04

Monsoon storms led to a couple of swift water rescues, where one person was killed.

Rural Metro Fire Department says crews were called to a vehicle in a wash around 7:30 p.m. Sunday that was swept down from Old Nogales Highway and Summit to Lumber, which is about half a mile distance.

Video from Rural Metro shows the vehicle was upside-down in the wash. According to the Fire Department, the vehicle was unstable and crews had to wait for water levels to go down before getting to the vehicle.

When floodwaters receded to a point where crews could get to the vehicle, they found a man in the vehicle. The victim did not survive. Rural Metro has identified the victim as 46-year-old Mark Neely.

Rural Metro Firefighters and Pima County Sheriff's Deputies were on scene to investigate what led up to the incident. Authorities say Neely drove around a road closure and drove into a flooded wash. That is when his vehicle was swept away.

Fire crews say this is one of two swift water rescues that happened on Sunday.