Authorities Rescue Driver Stranded in June Beartooth Snowstorm
State and federal authorities recently worked together to pull a stranded driver out of deep snow after he got stuck in a June snowstorm on a highway that stretches over a 10,000-foot mountain pass.
That driver got stuck after midnight Saturday on U.S. 212 in the Beartooth Pass area. His friend tried to reach him in a four-wheel-drive truck, but had to turn back because of snow drifts which were three to four feet deep.
A Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper was also unable to get to the driver due to deep snow.
National Park Service employees who maintain the highway ended up plowing a path to the stranded driver. The plow and state trooper made it to the driver, near milepost 32, at roughly 5:14 a.m., nearly three hours after the initial report.
Patrol Sgt. Jeremy Beck reminds drivers that weather conditions can change quickly regardless of the month.
"It's important to always be prepared in case you become stranded, in hot or cold weather," Beck said Monday in a news release. "Make sure you have enough fuel and provisions to survive."