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Easter egg hunt!

The dash is on and over in blink of an eyelash Saturday at the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Benson Junior Women’s Club Carnival kicked off the activities with visit from the Easter Bunny who posed for photos. The annual Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by the City of Benson, Benson Firemates, GFWC-AZ Benson Juniors, Jones-Wilson Insurance and the Quarterhorse Motel.

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Rollover claims Cochise man, 45

A vehicle rollover in Dragoon Easter Sunday resulted in the death of a 45-year-old Cochise man and required the extrication of a 17-year-old passenger.

The rollover occurred on W. Dragoon Road and North Niño Place just after 12:30 p.m., east of Benson, according to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities had not released the victim’s identity by press time but did say the driver and passenger were related and both of Cochise.

The eastbound 1997 Toyota Four Runner left the roadway then rolled after the driver over corrected, authorities said. The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the SUV, said Capas. The teen passenger was properly restrained and transported to a Tucson hospital with neck and head injuries, she said.

In addition to CCSO, Arizona Department of Public Safety and Sunsites Fire Department, Cochise County Highway Dept. and Cochise County Sheriff’s Assist Team responded.

The crash resulted in closure of Dragoon Road “for several hours.”

Sunday’s crash capped a weekend of incidents which started early Saturday with a truck fire east of Benson just after 5 a.m.

According to Benson Fire Dept. personnel who responded, there were no injuries. The driver was able to disengage the trailer from the truck loaded with processed chickens.

Firefighters on Saturday also responded to a mutual-aid request in J-Six after a fire got away from a resident burning weeds and which spread to a neighbor’s shed. There were no injuries.