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Montana woman injures leg in snowmobile accident near West Yellowstone

Posted at 10:17 AM, Mar 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-17 12:20:46-04

Saturday, rescuers came to the aid of a Montana woman who injured her leg while traveling as a passenger on a snowmobile that flipped near West Yellowstone.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office reports that a 45-year-old woman injured her leg when the driver of the snowmobile flipped it navigating a corner along the Two Top Trail, roughly two miles west of West Yellowstone.

The driver immediately called 911 around 1:40 p.m. on Saturday. Volunteer rescuers from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone and Hebgen Basin Fire Department responded and found the woman less than 30 minutes after the 911 call.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the woman was conscious but in severe pain. She was transported first by rescue sled and then by ambulance to Big Sky Medical Center.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin issued the following reminder to backcountry snowmobilers, even when riding on a groomed trail:

“Changing terrain and trail conditions 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.  Because these two riders were together and had cellular communication, rescue responders were able to locate them and get on scene very quickly.”