Local man airlifted to hospital following ATV crash in Southeast Idaho backcountry

Idaho State Journal
Idaho State Journal
The Portneuf Medical Center air ambulance pictured after arriving at a landing zone in the Caribou County backcountry to transport a man seriously injured in an ATV crash. Caribou County Sheriff's Office Photo

On Friday at about 8:15 p.m., the Caribou County Sheriff’s Communication Center was notified of an ATV accident with injuries approximately 5 miles southwest of Bancroft in the Mill Creek area.

The accident was reported to have occurred at about 12:30 p.m., but was not found until the victim did not return when expected. The victim was found after family members went looking for him.

The Caribou County ambulance for the Bancroft area was dispatched as well as the Caribou County Search and Rescue.

The ATV operator, Darrell Lester, age 75, from Bancroft, sustained serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Due to the extent of the injuries and remote location, Portneuf Air Ambulance was requested by the on-scene EMTs.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to thank all the professional volunteers and community members who responded to assist in getting Lester to the ambulance and then to the Air Ambulance landing zone. We also want to thank the Portnuef Air Ambulance crew for their quick and professional response.

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