Local emergency responders have been called to the scene of a UTV accident and an interstate rollover in the past week, and they also report multiple heat-related injuries.
On July 23 around 11:30 a.m., Grand County Emergency Medical Services, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office and Grand County Search and Rescue were paged to a UTV rollover on Hell’s Revenge. A rider in the UTV suffered a severe hand injury when his hand was crushed by the roll cage of the vehicle, according to a GCEMS Facebook post. A paramedic and two emergency medical technicians responded. A guide assisted them in controlling the bleeding. The patient was transported to an ambulance, taken to Moab Regional Hospital and then flown to the University of Utah for further treatment.
On July 22, GCEMS responded to a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 near Green River and assisted Emery County with multiple patients, according to another internet post by GCEMS. “In rural EMS it is important that we support each other. GCEMS is grateful for San Juan and Emery County EMS and the mutual support we have for each other,” GCEMS said.
GCEMS has also responded to multiple heat-related injuries on The Whole Enchilada trail this season, including two over the weekend and one heat-related fatality in the past month. “During the summer months we recommend only advanced level riders with experience on the trail that have acclimatized to the area attempt the entire route,” GCEMS said in a Facebook post.