Backcountry Ski Class Witnesses Accident, Saves Passengers

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Young Do “Andy” Lee, Julia Jensen, Bradley Barton, Maddie Keller, and Chandler Hansen stand at the top of the embankment where the vehicle left the road. Drive carefully on canyon roads, especially in severe weather conditions. Photo courtesy of Whitney Ward

Young Do “Andy” Lee, Julia Jensen, Bradley Barton, Maddie Keller, and Chandler Hansen stand at the top of the embankment where the vehicle left the road. Drive carefully on canyon roads, especially in severe weather conditions. Photo courtesy of Whitney Ward

On Thursday February 18, the backcountry skiing class traveled to Fairview canyon in hopes of a routine ski-trip. However, weather and vehicle limitations prevented that, and as the group made their way back down Fairview canyon they came across a vehicle that had gone off the road and down a 150-foot embankment.

Bradley Barton, a participant on the trip, stated, “We turned around and started to inch our way down the canyon road, and when we were approaching mile marker 3 everyone was saying, ‘look at that tree, someone hit it!’”

After pulling over, the class climbed down the embankment to check on the other vehicle. Chandler Hansen, one of the participants in the class, described the rescue, saying, “We climbed down and got out our avalanche shovels and dug them out. Inside there was a nine-year-old girl and a 70-year old woman, and we helped them back up the hill. We actually carried the older woman up the embankment and called 9-1-1. The younger girl wasn’t hurt, but when the ambulance showed up they thought the older woman might have been injured. We were [later] told that she is okay, and isn’t hurt.”

The members of the class expressed their relief that they were on site to assist after the accident. Barton stated, “I was so thankful for the opportunity I had to help that lady and little girl involved in the accident, and I’m glad I was in good physical shape to be able to do the things I did. Everyone expressed their gratitude for the service/help we provided. I’m grateful that the lady and little girl walked away from it as well, we had thought she had broken a rib (the lady), but I heard one of my friends say that she was alright. We all had a good team effort in helping out the best we could.”

Will Barney attended Snow College for two years. He graduated from American Leadership Academy (ALA). After Snow College he is attending Southern Utah University, and plans to get a B.A. in English with a minor in Secondary Education. Will is a Horror connoisseur, and enjoys comic books and video games.

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