(West Yellowstone, Mont) At 11:16 AM on Saturday, January 23, a 64-year-old woman crashed her snowmobile while snowmobiling on the Two Top trail system about 12 miles southwest of West Yellowstone. The snowmobiler was stopped when another snowmobile crashed into the back of her snowmobile, sending her snowmobile down an eight-foot embankment, and she was launched over the handlebars, sustaining rib, back, femur & wrist injuries.
Emergency responders from Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue reached the patient on snowmobiles. After a quick patient assessment, they requested a medical helicopter to respond due to the severity of her injuries. The female was placed on a backboard and loaded into a specialized snow ambulance, then transported about ¾ mile to a safe landing zone for the helicopter. Air Methods out of Idaho Falls responded, landing in the backcountry. The patient was loaded onto the helicopter and transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office