2 people rescued in Badlands following ATV accident
PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. — Authorities rescued two U.S. Forest Service employees on Tuesday afternoon following an ATV crash in the Badlands.
According to the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, the two employees were surveying prairie dog towns on two separate ATVs when one of them, a 40-year-old male, was involved in an accident.
At about 3 p.m., the Pennington County Search and Rescue, Rapid City Fire Department and Black Hills Life Flight were all dispatched to Indian Creek Trailhead, near Scenic and Sheep Mountain Table. The injured man was found quickly and airlifted to Rapid City Regional Health.
The other employee stayed at the scene until her coworker was airlifted out. She then left, but soon became lost about five miles from the trailhead in rough territory with no roads to get to her.
Black Hills Life Flight assisted in locating her, and Search and Rescue, Nebraska National Forest Firefighters and Forest Service Law Enforcement agents worked their way to help her. She was safely brought back to the trailhead at 9:30 p.m.