On Wednesday, March 3rd, at 3:29 p.m., The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue responded to the report of an injured snowmobiler on Cream Creek, which is approximately 4 miles west of West Yellowstone. Personnel from the Sheriff’s Office, Search and Rescue (West Yellowstone Division), and the U.S Forest Service assisted with the rescue.
A 17-year-old female from Sauk Rapids, MN suffered possible broken ribs and a possible broken leg when she entered a sharp corner at a high rate of speed and was unable to maintain control of the snowmobile. The snowmobile left the trail and struck a tree ejecting the rider before continuing on to strike another tree.
The female was quickly packaged onto a rescue sled and transported by the rescue team to an awaiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance. The ambulance met an Air Idaho life-flight helicopter at a landing zone just over the border in Idaho, which then transported her to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho.