(Gallatin County, Mont.) On Thursday February 22, at 10:40 am., the West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch center received a 911 call reporting a snowmobile crash on the Two Top Trail 8 miles southwest of West Yellowstone. The injured party, a 71-year-old female from Washington, had sustained knee and rib injuries when the snowmobile she was a passenger on left the trail and crashed into a tree.
Rescuers from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone and Hebgen Basin Rural Fire District responded.
The woman was traveling with three other members of her family, including a physician. After an initial assessment of her injuries, rescue personal applied an air compression brace to her leg and placed her inside a specialized rescue sled for transport off the mountain. She was transported to an ambulance in town, then taken to Big Sky Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment.
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind snowmobilers to be careful when recreating in the backcountry, even when on a groomed trail. Changing terrain and trail conditions can sometimes bring unexpected adventure to a fun day of snowmobiling. Always remember to ride with a partner and carry a reliable means of communication in case of an emergency.
Photo courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office.