Authorities say a man trapped in his crashed vehicle on a central Arizona mountain for three days was rescued thanks to a couple taking sightseeing photos.

Jerome Police Chief Allen Muma says the 50-year-old man's purple SUV was spotted Friday afternoon by a couple who had pulled over on a road on Mingus Mountain, about 10 miles south of Jerome.

The pair immediately called 911.

Muma says it took multiple fire and police agencies more than an hour to get to the man and extricate him.

The man, who lives in Cornville, was conscious enough to give paramedics information.

Muma says he was airlifted in critical condition to Verde Valley Medical Center and then later transported to a hospital in Flagstaff.

Muma did not know the man's current condition Saturday.