Two days, two ATV accidents " riders taken by helicopter to Front Range hospitals
September 1, 2008
Grand County Search and Rescue and Grand County Emergency Medical Services flew out two individuals in separate ATV accidents near Grand Lake, one on Saturday and another one on Sunday.
Saturday’s incident involved an 18-year-old female and 19-year-old male who went off the Gold Run trail at about 30 mph. The group tried to self evacuate, but upon contact with rescue personnel it was determined that the woman had injuries that warranted a helicopter ride.
She was transported by GCSAR and GCEMS to a landing zone about a mile from the Idleglen trailhead where she was picked up by Flight for Life and transported to St. Anthony Central Hospital.
Sunday’s rescue involved a young male on a rental ATV who struck something while riding on the North Supply trail, which brought his machine to a halt. He launched over the handlebars, and was run over by his ATV.
Once again, GCEMS staff determined that a helicopter ride was required. Lowering clouds and rain hampered the rescue effort by a dozen search and rescue members and two EMS personnel who were on scene.
The patient was packaged and transported to Hatchett Park in the EMS six-wheeler to a waiting helicopter for transport to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland.