On July 2, 2012, at approximately 9:00 a.m. the West Yellowstone Dispatch received a 911 call regarding an injured horseback rider. A 36 year-old female from Colorado was thrown from her horse on the Johnson Lake Trail north of Hebgen Lake. She was complaining of extreme lower back pain.
Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputies, West Yellowstone Search and Rescue, Forest Service personnel and a paramedic from Yellowstone National Park responded to the incident. Upon arriving at the scene, it was discovered there were two patients. A second female one from Nevada had also been thrown from her horse and was also complaining of back pain.
The paramedic administered pain medication to the first patient as she was complaining of extreme back pain and was then loaded into a rescue sled and transported to the Johnson Lake Trailhead to a waiting ambulance.
Rescue personnel returned to the area with the rescue sled and retrieved the second patient. This female refused emergency medical services at the trailhead. The ambulance transported the first patient to Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Idaho.