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Girl rescued after snowmobile crash near West Yellowstone

Posted at 1:37 PM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 15:46:02-05

WEST YELLOWSTONE — A 17-year-old girl riding a snowmobile struck multiple trees at high-speed was rescued Tuesday morning after the crash near West Yellowstone.

West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch received a call from a group of snowmobilers at 10:11 a.m. on Tuesday reporting that a member of their party had been involved in a snowmobile crash southwest of West Yellowstone.

An injured 17-year-old girl had suffered an upper leg injury when the snowmobile she was riding left the trail and struck multiple trees at high speed.

Rescuers from Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone and Hebgen Basin Fire Department responded to assist with the rescue. Rescuers were able to locate the injured girl and her companions using the coordinates retrieved from the 911 call. Her injuries were assessed and she was quickly packaged into a rescue sled, then transported back to West Yellowstone to a waiting Hebgen Basin Rural Fire District ambulance. The girl was then transported to a hospital by family members.

Photo courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff's Office