Posted: Oct 20, 2013 8:43 PM by KBZK News
Updated: Oct 20, 2013 8:44 PM
UPDATE: 8:30 p.m.
BOZEMAN - More information on an accident near Hyalite Canyon was made available on Sunday evening by the Gallatin County Sheriff's Department.
According to the press release, at 6:40 a.m. on Sunday, Gallatin County 911 received a report of a single vehicle accident in the Moser Creek area of Hyalite.
Initial reports indicated that a truck had rolled some distance down a hill and the driver had fled.
The large Moser Creek area contains dozens of unmarked roads making it difficult to pin-point the precise location of the accident.
The Sheriff's Search and Rescue personnel responded along with Montana Highway Patrol, Sourdough Fire, AMR and deputies.
The person who made the 911 call had cell service and reported that one of the passengers was not doing well. The caller was not sure where they were but he said the vehicle's lights were working and he would honk his horn if he heard rescuers.
Search and Rescue and medical personnel were able to find the truck and its occupants about an hour after beginning their search.
One male passenger in his early 20's, appeared to have internal injuries. He was airlifted from the scene by Summit Air ambulance.
After the injured passenger was taken airlifted, rescuers began to organize a search for the driver. They were told that the driver had walked downhill from the scene into the forest.
Officials interviewed the two remaining people who later admitted that they had lied about a fourth passenger - the driver who, they said, had fled.
The two passengers were cited for providing false information to authorities.
Alcohol appeared to be a factor in the accident but official confirmation is pending while MHP continues to investigate the incident.
Meanwhile, the current condition of the injured passenger is unknown. What we know is he was taken to Bozeman Deaconess where he underwent emergency surgery.
We will keep update this story when we learn more.
[PHOTO COURTESY - MHP Trooper Jason Love]