A young man is recovering from a compound fracture after an ATV accident earlier this afternoon.

According to the official Press Release from the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office:

  • On August 1, 2016 around 1:15 PM Gallatin County Search and Rescue responded to the area of Big Bear lake, south of Bozeman near the mouth of Gallatin Canyon, for a report of a 12-year-old boy with a broken leg.
  • A family from Michigan rented four wheelers and headed up to Big Bear Lake from Storm Castle. Just west of the lake, the 12-year-old went over a hump in the road and flipped over the handlebars.
  • The Father was able to call 911.
  • Members from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and Reach Air ambulance responded from Little Bear Road.
  • They reached the patient about 12 miles in and administered medical treatment. The 12-year-old sustained a compound fracture of the lower leg.
  • He was transported out using a special backcountry trailer to an awaiting AMR ambulance. He was then transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
  • Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind all outdoor enthusiasts that an accident in the backcountry can be a complicated affair to get treatment.
  • The area around Big Bear Lake consists of a maze of roads. Many roads are not on maps and others have been re-numbered.
  • Gallatin County Sheriff - ATV accident rescue