Snowmobiles Can Turn but Sometimes they Don’t



(West Yellowstone, Mont.) A 46 year old man from Billings Montana suffered shoulder, arm and wrist injuries when his snowmobile left the trail on a sharp turn and struck a tree.

Saturday about 11 p.m., Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone and Forest Service Personnel responded to a report of an injured snowmobiler on the Two Top trail. The snowmobilers were able to provide their general location while dispatch retrieved GPS coordinates from the 911 call.

Rescuers responded to the injured snowmobiler’s location, secured the injured arm, and quickly packaged him onto rescue sled. The team then met up with a waiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department Ambulance which transported him to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind everyone that the key to safe operation is knowing the machine, knowing your limitations, and using good judgment. Your speed should be slow enough to be able to safely respond to changing trail or terrain conditions, and should be reduced when visibility is poor or you are unfamiliar with the area.

Document attached is a pdf photo of the scene courtesy of GCSO SAR


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