On Wednesday, February 18th, at approximately 2:35 p.m., the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, West Yellowstone Search and Rescue, and Forest Service Personnel responded to a report of an injured snowmobiler. A 30 year-old female from Seattle Washington had suffered possible leg and abdominal injuries after the snowmobile she was riding left the trail on a corner and struck a tree.
Team members responded on snowmobiles and located the injured snowmobiler on the Two Top trail system approximately 3.5 southwest of West Yellowstone.
The injured snowmobiler was quickly packaged onto a rescue sled and transported to West Yellowstone where she was loaded into an awaiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance. The ambulance then transported her to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for an evaluation.
The Gallatin County Sheriff would like to remind everyone that the key to safe snowmobile operation is knowing the machine, knowing your limitations, and using good judgment and carrying the proper equipment. Your speed should allow you to safely respond to sudden maneuvers by other snowmobilers and changing trail conditions.