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Stranded driver dies after attempted rescue

Published On: Dec 29 2013 06:23:47 PM MST
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NBC Montana just learned Sunday that two snowmobilers found a man in his mid sixties on Friday who was severely injured after falling down a snow covered embankment.

The incident happened in the West Fork of the Bitterroot Valley near the Montana-Idaho state border.

Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman tells us the man was driving on Woods Creek Road, roughly 60 miles south of Hamilton, when his vehicle got stuck.

We're told he fell over an embankment, while trying to dig his vehicle out of the snow, and suffered serious injuries.

Two snowmobilers found him on the brink of death and did what they could to help the man but authorities tell us he passed away shortly after emergency crews arrived on the scene.  

“The snowmobilers that found him did an outstanding job trying to render aid,” Hoffman tells us.  “They were able to start a fire for him and attempted to give life saving first aid.”

Hoffman tells us the man is believed to have fallen nearly 30 feet.

We're told his name will be released once next of kin is notified.