Photos by Mike Gibbs
OMR was called out to assist with the rescue of an injured motorist who had gone off the edge of Highway 550 just South of Red Mountain Pass on March 25, 2011. The vehicle had gone off the highway and plummeted almost 90 meters to the bottom of the canyon below. A passer-by had stopped and scrambled to the scene to assist the motorist whose car was engulfed in flames from the crash. Thanks to the heroic efforts of this good samaritan, the injured motorist was extricated from the vehicle; however, he had suffered second degree burns and smoke inhalation and needed immediate extrication and treatment. OMR personnel assisted with rigging and extrication of the patient who was transferred to Ouray County EMS after being raised to the highway utilizing the capstan system on OMR’s R12 rescue vehicle. The patient was then transported by OCEMS to the Ouray Hot Springs park, and ultimately transferred to St. Mary’s CareFlight out of Grand Junction. This rescue was a collaborative effort between OMR, OCEMS, San Juan SAR, Silverton Volunteer Fire Department, Silverton SO, Colorado State Patrol, and Ouray Volunteer Fire Department.