Box Elder Dispatch received an urgent call about a rollover just after 5 a.m., Friday, Feb. 14, from a cellphone and law enforcement, including two helicopters, searched for more than three hours before the callers found help on their own.
Box Elder County Sheriff Lynn Yeates said the initial call came in about 5:10 a.m., but the caller was only able to say the vehicle was in the Promontory area near the Golden Spike National Historic Site before the line went dead.
Multiple Sheriff’s deputies, Utah Highway Patrol troopers, a Brigham City ambulance and First Responders from Thatcher-Penrose, along with a UHP helicopter and LifeFlight spent nearly three hours searching paved, gravel and dirt roads around the area, but were unable to locate the accident scene.
Yeates said deputies were eventually notified that the injured victims, two males, had been able to drive their damaged truck until they located a farmer who then directed law enforcement to their location about 8:15 a.m.. One man suffered a broken femur, while the other man’s specific injuries were unknown.
Yeates said the initial rollover apparently occurred on the road leading to the Fort Ranch, south of the Golden Spike. It is believed alcohol may have played a part in the accident.