(West Yellowstone, Mont.) Wednesday at 3:37 p.m., West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch received a call from a woman reporting that her daughter had been involved in a snowmobile crash. The injured snowmobiler, a 21 year old female from Gig Harbor Washington, had sustained injuries to her ribs, back and neck when her snowmobile collided with another snowmobile at an intersection. She was ejected over the front of the snowmobile. Rescuers from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, Mt Fish Wildlife and Parks, and Hebgen Basin Fire Department responded to assist. They located the injured snowmobiler approximately 10 miles northwest of West Yellowstone using the gps coordinates retrieved from the 911 call. She was quickly packaged onto a rescue sled and transported a short distance where they met a waiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department Ambulance. She was transported to the Big Sky Medical Center in Big Sky.
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind people enjoying the backcountry to ride within their abilities and understand the capabilities of their individual machine. When approaching intersections or blind corners snowmobilers should slow down appropriately to allow for the maneuverability necessary to avoid a potential collision