Snowmobiler injured

16-year-old girl was taken to hospital


A 16-year-old girl was sent to the hospital after apparently running into a tree while on a commercial snowmobile tour Saturday.

The girl was on a Steamboat Snowmobiles Tour with her family, riding alone and last in line on a groomed trail, when she apparently hit a tree, Routt County Search and Rescue Mission Commander Leon Shupp said. The accident happened about 4.5 miles in from the snowmobile company's cabin on Rabbit Ears Pass.

According to initial reports, the girl suffered facial lacerations and was complaining of pain in her leg and back.

Search and Rescue was paged at 2:30 p.m. and had little trouble getting the girl to a waiting ambulance, using groomed snowmobile trails, Shupp said. The girl arrived at Yampa Valley Medical Center about three hours after the accident, Shupp said.

The family was not from Routt County, he said. No other information was available about her condition.


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