(Gallatin County, Mont.) On Saturday February 21st, at 10:30 am, Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone responded to a report of an injured snowmobiler. A 25 year-old woman from Knoxville Tennessee suffered a knee injury after the snowmobile she was riding left the trail on a corner and struck a tree.
Rescuers responded on snowmobiles and located the injured snowmobiler on the Rail Road Trail off of the Two Top Trail system approximately 11 miles southwest of West Yellowstone.
The injured snowmobiler was packaged onto a rescue sled and transported to West Yellowstone where she was loaded into an awaiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance. After being evaluated by EMS personnel, she was transported by friends to Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Idaho.
Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind everyone that the key to safe snowmobile operation is knowing the machine, knowing your limitations, 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. Due to spotty cell phone service in the back country, a reliable means of communication is critical.####