Girl OK after snowmobile accident
December 18, 2005
An Aspen search and rescue team used snowmobiles to reach a Texas girl slightly injured in a snowmobiling accident Sunday on Larkspur Mountain, above Lenado in Woody Creek.
The 14-year-old, whose name was not available, was with her mother and father on a snowmobile tour with Western Snowmobile Adventures, according to company operator Howard Vagneur.He said the group was about 11 miles up from the historic mining town of Lenado, on a trail in the high country, when the accident happened around 2:30 p.m.
“It appears that she was turned around, looking at her mother, when she just drove off the road” and plunged down an embankment for 20 or 30 feet before hitting a small tree, Vagneur explained, “the only tree that was there, of course.”Vagneur said a doctor who happened to be on another tour nearby came over and checked the girl out, and advised the tour operators to put her on a backboard and stabilize her neck before starting down the mountain, with a snowmobile towing the girl in a rescue sled. She reportedly suffered scrapes to the top of her head and minor injuries to her neck.
More than halfway down the road from the scene of the accident, Vagneur said, they met the Aspen Mountain Rescue team coming up the trail and transferred the girl to the rescue team. She was brought down at approximately 5:30 p.m., and an ambulance took her to Aspen Valley Hospital for treatment and observation.