One Dead, One Injured in West Yellowstone Snowmobile Accident
The following information is based on information from the West Yellowstone Police Department:
Authorities have identified the man killed, Monday, in a snowmobile crash in West Yellowstone. 60-year-old Michael Najjar of Alabama was declared dead at the scene.
Original Story 1/15:
According to West Yellowstone Police Chief Scott Newell, on January 14 at approximately 3:30 p.m., a snowmobile with two riders was traveling southbound on Dunraven Street, approaching the intersection with Gibbon Avenue.
Gibbon Avenue is a through street, while traffic on Dunraven Street is directed to stop at a stop sign.
Newell indicates that the snowmobile apparently failed to stop at the stop sign. At that same time, an eastbound sport utility vehicle was approaching the intersection. The SUV struck the snowmobile, knocking the two individuals off of the snowmobile.
Newell says that one rider was pronounced dead at the scene. The other rider was transported by helicopter (Air Methods air medical transport) to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. That person is reportedly in critical condition.
The two riders are from out of state and had rented the snowmobile from a local business.
The names have not yet been released to the public.
Assisting agencies included the Hebgen Basin Rural Fire Department, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, the National Forest Service (Gallatin), and the National Park Service (Yellowstone).
The crash is still under investigation by the West Yellowstone Police Department.