Three survive car rollover into river

SUBLETTE COUNTY – Three people

returning from Jackson to Pinedale late

Friday afternoon were injured – but thankfully

alive – after their car slid off Highway

191 and rolled into the Hoback River

near Granite Hot Springs.

At 4:30 p.m., Sublette County dispatch

got a call about an accident in the Hoback


Mary Thompson, of Pinedale, was riding

with a visiting couple whose car went

off the road with no guardrails and rolled

down to the river, where it came to a rest at

the river’s edge, she said Monday.

Where the car ended up is not visible

from the highway without stopping to actually

look, Thompson said. All three were

injured but recovering.

“Please remind people to wear seatbelts

– we all had our seatbelts on,” she said.

Thompson said adrenaline moved her

out of the car and 300 feet uphill to the


“It was clear if I didn’t get to the road

we would never be found,” she said. “It’s

so remote.”

There, she flagged down a car – which

was driven by friend Craig Sheppard,

also of Pinedale – who helped them.

Thompson’s daughter Jayne and a friend

were driving behind the first car and also

stopped; the second woman had also

climbed the steep bank.

Sheriff’s deputies, Wyoming Highway

Patrol, Sublette County Unified Fire

and Sublette County Emergency Medical

Services responded to the scene. The man

could not get out and complained of severe

neck pain. A SCUF team winched him up

to the highway where EMS stabilized him

and took him to St. John’s Medical Center

in Jackson. Wyoming Highway Patrol

took over the investigation.


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