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New York woman injured in snowmobile crash


January 9, 2019
West Yellowstone, MT - Yellowstone National Park received a 911 call around 10:00 am on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, reporting a snowmobile accident in the park near Riverside Drive 6 miles from East of West Yellowstone. The rider and snowmobile ended up in the Madison River.


Responding to the crash were, Yellowstone Rangers, the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone and Hebgen Basin Fire Department.


The injured snowmobiler, a 22-year-old female from Garrison, New York had already been removed from the water when the rescuers arrived. During their examination, they discovered she had was suffering from an apparent broken femur and was extremely cold. The rescuers requested help from Air Idaho Helicopter, who responded quickly, landed on the scene and ultimately transported the female to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for treatment.


Brian Gootkin, Gallatin County Sheriff would like to remind people that snowmobiling on the trail systems can be challenging. Changing trail conditions along with other traffic can create unforeseen hazards. Inexperienced riders are advised to use extra caution to avoid a bad experience.


Photo courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office and YNP. 



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