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
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.