A man who was critically injured and fled the scene of a possible rollover crash on State Road 248 on Sunday was found by a Summit County Sheriff's bloodhound and its sergeant, who potentially saved the man's life, according to a release from the Summit County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office's K9 Unit responded in conjunction with the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office to a report of a vehicle rollover on S.R. 248 near Deer Mountain in Wasatch County. Upon arrival, no driver was able to be located, although there was a considerable amount of blood at the scene, according to the release.
Summit County Sheriff's K9 Sergeant Jeremie Forman deployed a bloodhound, Tank, shortly after to track the man. About five minutes later, the man was located in his home with massive head injuries and facial trauma. Emergency medical services responded and transported the man to Park City Medical Center, where he was listed as critical, according to a Summit County Sheriff's Office release.
The release goes on to state that the incident marks the second time that Sergeant Forman and his bloodhound have successfully tracked a victim and helped to save a life. In January, the two tracked and located a suicidal individual through the snow, allowing emergency crews to provide treatment.
"Bloodhound Tank has proven to be an exceptional asset to the citizens of Summit County and this department," said Summit County Sheriff's Capt. Justin Martinez in a statement. "There is no doubt this man could have expired if not located and given immediate medical services."
The Wasatch County Sheriff's Office is currently conducting an investigation of the incident and all questions related to the case should be directed to their office at 435-654-1411.