Idaho Falls Fire Department

Idaho man missing for several days found alive, trapped under a truck

By Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com | Posted - Aug. 7, 2018 at 5:15 p.m.


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IDAHO FALLS — A man was found Monday night in stable condition, after being trapped underneath a truck for several days.

The Idaho Falls Fire Department and Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office were called to the area of Taylor Mountain Road and Henry Creek Road around 7:45 p.m. Monday after someone looking for the man found him and called 911.

EastIdahoNews.com reports the when law enforcement and firefighters arrived, they found a three-quarter ton white pick up truck had rolled down a ravine and landed on its side in a small, narrow creek bed. The 21-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, had been partially ejected and pinned to the ground by the truck.

Emergency responders work to rescue a 21-year-old man pinned underneath a pickup truck in the mountains southeast of Idaho Falls, Idaho. The man had been missing for several days but was was in stable condition when he was found Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. (Photo: Idaho Falls Fire Department)
Emergency responders work to rescue a 21-year-old man pinned underneath a pickup truck in the mountains southeast of Idaho Falls, Idaho. The man had been missing for several days but was was in stable condition when he was found Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. (Photo: Idaho Falls Fire Department)

Despite being stuck for several days, officials say the man was conscious and talking to rescuers.

Because of the narrow access road, three firefighters in a small rescue truck were dispatched to the scene. There was no cellphone coverage, and radio communication was slightly limited because of the remote location, according to rescuers.

Crews used large airbags that were inflated under the vehicle, as well as heavy extrication equipment, to get the young man out of his truck. He was treated by medics and transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center by a medical helicopter in stable condition.

The vehicle was removed from the ravine by Hendrickson Towing using a large boom truck.

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Nate Eaton

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