Oregon Woman Injured in Snowmobile Crash near West Yellowstone

(Gallatin County, Mont.)  On Thursday January 3, 2019 at 11:04 am., the West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a snowmobile crash on the Horse Butte Trail 8 miles northwest of West Yellowstone. The injured party, a 46-year-old female from Oregon, had sustained a head injury when the snowmobile she was driving crashed into the back of the snowmobile in front of her.

Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, Forest Service Law Enforcement and Hebgen Basin Rural Fire District responded.

Rescuers met the injured party at the scene of the crash approximately 40 minutes after the initial call for help.  She was traveling on a groomed snowmobile trail when she crashed into the back of the snowmobile in front of her that was attempting to make a left turn.  After an initial assessment of her injuries, rescue personnel placed her inside a specialized rescue sled for transport to an awaiting ambulance.  The patient was transported to Big Sky Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind snowmobilers to be careful when recreating in the backcountry, even when on a groomed trail.  Changing terrain and trail conditions along with unexpected actions of those you are riding with, can sometimes bring unexpected adventure to a fun day of snowmobiling.  Always remember to ride with a partner and carry a reliable means of communication in case of an emergency.

Photo courtesy of the Forest Service.

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