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Bozeman man spends chilly night in vehicle after getting stuck on area road

Posted at 2:42 PM, Feb 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 18:29:20-05

BOZEMAN – A Bozeman man spent a chilly night in his car after it was stuck on Monday.

According to a press release, on Tuesday, Feb. 5, a motorist was reported stuck in the northern part of Gallatin County. The man had called 911 to report he had become stuck on Sixteen Mile Road the previous night. He said he had fuel and was warm and had no medical needs, but couldn’t get his vehicle unstuck.

However, the call was disconnected and contact was unable to be re-established. Prior to the call being disconnected, the man said he was between Maudlow and Ringling, past the “steep cliffs”.

Members from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to the area by truck and snowmobile. The man was located in his stuck vehicle approximately 2.5 miles south of the Meager/Gallatin County line. He was in good health and uninjured.

The man, a 36-year-old Bozeman resident, was brought out of the area by SAR personnel. His vehicle was left on scene to be recovered at a later date when road conditions improve.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind everyone that there are many roads in the county that are not passable when wet or snow covered. Gootkin said Sixteen Mile Road is not maintained and becomes impassable very quickly during snowstorms or when the wind blows snow into impassible drifts. Most of the worst roads have signs indicating that they are impassible; take note of these signs and use caution if you choose to proceed.