At approximately 7:54 PM, on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, a semi-truck and trailer hauling potatoes, drove off of Highway 22 at approximately mile post six. Immediately, emergencies crews from Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, Teton County Sheriff’s Office and Wyoming Highway Patrol responded. According to several emergency workers, this was a very challenging scene. The vehicle was very hard to locate due to the conditions and the steep embankment the semi was down. The terrain and snow made it extremely difficult to get personnel and equipment to the scene.
Teton County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch took the call and got resources ordered quickly, Deputies helped to locate the crash scene, Captain Tyler Dunn from Jackson Hole Fire/EMS was the Scene Incident Commander, Teton County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue was key in getting equipment and personnel to the scene as well as packaging and raising the injured driver to safety after fire crews extricated her from the wreckage. Dr. Will Smith along with other medic crews provided patient care. Wyoming Highway Patrol helped control the scene and will be conducting the crash investigation. A medical helicopter was ordered but unable to respond due to weather.
The professionalism, spirit of cooperation and preparedness of all involved shined in this incident and allowed for the scared driver to be quickly retrieved and hospitalized with non-life threatening injures.