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MISSING MAN RESCUED AFTER BEING TRAPPED UNDER WRECKED TRUCK FOR DAYS

August 8, 2018

Idaho Falls, ID: On August 6, 2018 at 7:45 p.m., the Idaho Falls Fire Department and Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the area of Taylor Mountain Road and Henry Creek Road for a report of a single vehicle roll-over accident.

The 9-1-1 caller reported the discovery of a three-quarter ton white pick-up truck approximately one-half mile off Canyon Road, about 20 minutes southeast of Idaho Falls. The 21-year-old male driver of the pick-up truck had been missing for several days and was found by someone who was actively searching for him in the area.

When law enforcement and firefighters arrived, they found the vehicle had rolled down a ravine and landed on its side in a small, narrow creek bed. The victim had been partially ejected and pinned to the ground by the vehicle. Despite being in that position for days, he was conscious and talking to rescuers. Life Flight Network was dispatched at 8:00 p.m.

IFFD sent an ambulance, an engine company and a Battalion Chief. Due to the narrow access road that was not amenable to larger engines, three firefighters in a smaller rescue truck were dispatched to the scene. There was no cell phone coverage, and radio communication was slightly limited for rescuers because of the remote location.

Using large airbags that were inflated under the vehicle, as well as heavy extrication equipment, firefighters were able to get the young man out of the vehicle and stabilized by medics. He was then transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center by Life Flight Network in stable condition. The vehicle was then removed from the ravine by Hendrickson Towing using a large boom truck.

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