On Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 6:40 a.m. Gallatin County 911 received a report of a single vehicle accident with injuries in the Moser Creek Road area of Hyalite. The initial report indicated the truck had rolled some distance down a hill and the driver had left the scene. The area is large and contains dozens of unmarked roads.
Sheriff’s Search & Rescue personnel, along with Montana Highway Patrol, Sourdough Fire, AMR and deputies responded. The caller had cell phone service and reported one of the passengers was not doing well. He wasn’t sure exactly where they were, but said his lights still worked and he would honk his horn if he heard rescuers.
Members of Search & Rescue with medical personnel were able to locate the truck and occupants approximately one hour after beginning their search. One male passenger, in his early 20’s, appeared to have internal injuries and was airlifted from the scene by Summit Air ambulance.
Once the injured man was airlifted, rescuers began to organize a search for the driver, who had reportedly walked downhill from the scene into the forest. Law enforcement interviewed the two remaining persons and subsequently learned the missing driver didn’t exist.
Both subjects were cited for providing false information to authorities. Alcohol appeared to have been a factor in the incident. Montana Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.