Authorities rescue motorist stranded in snow on Beartooth Pass

Posted at 11:08 AM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 13:08:45-04

BILLINGS – A motorist was rescued over the weekend after getting stranded in the deep snow for five hours on Beartooth Pass.

The call came to Wyoming Highway Patrol at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. A friend in a four-wheel drive pickup and a state trooper both attempted to rescue the driver, but were both thwarted by snow drifts.

Finally, a National Park Service snowplow was sent to plow a path to the driver. The plow arrived at 5:14 a.m.

The plow driver and state trooper were able to plow and shovel the vehicle out of the drift, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol

Troopers warn drivers that conditions can change quickly in Wyoming, even during the summer, and they recommend keeping enough fuel and provisions to survive.

Check www.wyoroad.infofor updated road conditions.