Man Strikes Tree in Snowmobile Accident
Late on Sunday, the West Yellowstone Police Department received a call reporting a single snowmobile crash. The crash was reported about five miles north of West Yellowstone near the Madison Arm of Hebgen Lake.
A 43-year-old man had suffered injuries when the snowmobile he was riding left the trail and struck a tree. Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue volunteers in West Yellowstone responded.
The snowmobiler was transported in a specialized rescue stretcher to a Hebgen Basin Rural Fire District ambulance. He was then taken to Big Sky Medical Center. The man suffered a possible broken shoulder and punctured lung from the incident.
The Gallatin County Sherriff's Office reported the incident Monday morning after receiving the call Sunday at 9:20 p.m.
Just the day before, the Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in Big Sky responded to another call. This call was to assist an injured hiker on Saturday afternoon. The hiker was located about half a mile from the Ousel Falls Trail parking lot.
The caller stated his wife was unable to hike the rest of the way due to recent knee replacement surgeries. A team of six Search and Rescue members reached the 58-year-old woman just one hour after the call and transported her on a wheeled rescue stretcher and safely to the parking lot.