Posted: Mar 5, 2012 3:40 PM by Montana's News Station
Updated: Mar 5, 2012 3:43 PM
WEST YELLOWSTONE- A Bozeman man was taken to the hospital after driving his snowmobile over a ledge near West Yellowstone, according to a news release from the Gallatin County Sheriff's Department.
Gallatin County Sheriff's Search and Rescue (SAR) received a call of an injured snowmobiler at around 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the Taylor Fork area about 15 miles from US 191 south of the Wapti "Y."
The 24-year-old man was riding his snowmobile with a friend in an unmaintained forest service area with several windblown cornices when he mistakenly drove off a ledge that was much steeper than it appeared.
The man was in severe pain and suffered two lower ankle injuries and was complaining of pain and numbness in his lower back and lower extremities.
SAR teams located the male and determined that removing the man by snowmobile and toboggan would cause too much pain, take too much time, and potentially injure him further.
Summit Air Ambulance responded to the crash scene and transported him to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.