Off-trail accident leaves patient ‘critically injured’

This Jeep hit a pedestrian over the weekend after going off-trail on a Jeep Safari excursion.
Photo courtesy of Grand County EMS

A Jeep struck a pedestrian on Sunday, “critically” injuring her according to first responders, during a Jeep Safari expedition on Golden Spike Trail.

An eyewitness said that the incident happened off of the designated route and that the involved parties “were off-trail.” First responders have not released the name of the patient.

Lt. Kim Neal of the Grand County Sheriff’s office told The Times-Independent that the patient was a 48-year-old female from Elko, Nevada.

After the accident, a member of the patient’s party called 911 and requested a helicopter, and Classic Air Medical responded.

Grand County EMS and Grand County Search and Rescue also responded to the incident but arrived after the patient had been flown out. The patient was flown to St. Mary’s in Grand Junction, Colorado.

No further update on the patient’s status was available before The Times-Independent went to press.

Local emergency responders have had a busy week with other incidents, including a fatal pedestrian accident Sunday.

In an unrelated incident on Wednesday, April 17, emergency responders were called to the Island in the Sky on a report of a vehicle going off the road and being in an unstable position near Shafer Trail.

There were two adults and two children in the vehicle, all of whom were eventually extricated. One child was sent to St. Mary’s hospital to be evaluated for head trauma.

Anthony Militano and Carter Pape contributed to this story.