Snowmobile accident in Uintas proves fatal
A snowmobile crash in the Uinta Mountains on Friday proved fatal as a 10-year-old boy was killed while riding with his father. The accident occurred near the Nobletts Trailhead area between the Mill Hollow and Soapstone turnoffs, according to a release from the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office.
The Summit County Dispatch Center received a 911 call about the accident at 10:47 a.m. on Friday. Emergency medical personnel from Summit County and AirMed arrived at the scene and immediately began to try to resuscitate the ten-year-old boy, who was reportedly unconscious and not breathing, according to the release.
Despite personnel’s efforts, the boy passed away at the scene, while the father, who likely suffered a broken arm along with other injuries, was transported to an area hospital in a private vehicle. The boy, from Davis County, had been driving the snowmobile when it struck a "delineator post," according to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune.
According to the release, preliminary reports indicate the father and son were riding the same snowmobile and had lost control of it, causing it to roll on top of them. Both were also wearing helmets at the time and were familiar with the area.
The Wasatch County Search and Rescue Team assisted in locating the two individuals and provided support to medical crews. Officers from Utah State Parks and the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash as well, assisting in the investigation.
The Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office extended their "deepest sympathies" to the two individuals involved as well as any who were affected by the incident.
— Aaron Osowski
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