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Woman hurt in snowmobile crash near West Yellowstone

Posted at 11:01 AM, Jan 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-04 13:01:35-05
West Yellowstone Snowmobile Crash
An Oregon woman sustained a head injury when she crashed her snowmobile near West Yellowstone on 1.3.19. (photo credit: US Forest Service)

WEST YELLOWSTONE – A 46-year-old Oregon woman was rescued Thursday after being injured in a snowmobile crash northwest of West Yellowstone.

At 11:04 a.m. a 911 call reported that a woman had sustained a head injury when she crashed her snowmobile into the back of another snowmobile on the Horse Butte Trail 8 miles from West Yellowstone.

Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, Forest Service Law Enforcement and Hebgen Basin Rural Fire District responded.

Rescuers met the woman at the scene of the crash approximately 40 minutes after the initial call for help.  She was traveling on a groomed snowmobile trail when she crashed into the back of the snowmobile in front of her that was attempting to make a left turn.

After an initial assessment of her injuries, rescue personnel placed the woman inside a specialized rescue sled for transport to an awaiting ambulance.  The patient was transported to Big Sky Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment.

Watch the video below to learn how to stay safe while snowmobiling in the Montana backcountry.