Cold Night on 16 Mile Road

(Gallatin County, Mont.) On February 5 at 11:14 Gallatin County 911 received a report from Meager County Dispatch of a possible stuck motorist in the northern part of Gallatin County. A male subject had called 911 and the call was routed to Meager County. The subject reported that he had become stuck on Sixteen Mile Road the previous night. He had fuel and was warm and had no medical needs but he could not get his vehicle unstuck. The call was disconnected and they were unable re-establish phone contact with the subject. Prior to the call being disconnected the man said that he was between Maudlow and Ringling past the “steep cliffs”.

Members from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to the area by truck and snowmobile. The subject was located in his stuck vehicle approximately 2.5 miles south of the Meager/Gallatin County line. He was in good health and uninjured. The man, a 36-year-old Bozeman resident, was brought out of the area by SAR personnel. His vehicle was left on scene to be recovered at a later date when road conditions improve.

Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind everyone that there are many roads in the county that are not passible when wet or snow covered. Sixteen Mile Road is not maintained and becomes impassible very quickly during snowstorms or when the wind blows snow into impassible drifts. Most of the worst roads have signs indicating that they are impassible; take note of these signs and use caution if you choose to proceed.

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