Cora man survives crash near White Pines Ski area after tricky rescue operation

SUBLETTE COUNTY, WYO – A Cora man was extricated from his vehicle after a crash off upper Skyline Drive near White Pine Ski area.

Corwin, 25, was found alive but injured inside his vehicle after plummeting 500 feet. (Sublette County Sheriff’s Office)

Sublette County First Responders and Wyoming Highway Patrol responded to a vehicle crash near White Pine Ski Resort on Tuesday, May 21 at approximately 10:40am.

The reporting party stated a vehicle had gone off the roadway and down a hill. Sublette County Deputies, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Sublette County EMS, Sublette County Unified Fire and Tip Top Search and Rescue were all dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival first responders located a car approximately 500 feet down a steep hill, jammed in the trees. Responders were able to work their way down the hill on foot until they reached the vehicle. Inside they found 25-year-old Lucas Corwin of Cora, Wyoming.

Corwin was extricated and placed on a backboard. Corwin was then loaded into a Stokes basket and hauled to the top and an awaiting ambulance.

“It took several agencies working together to bring Mr. Corwin safely up the steep terrain, but everyone involved knew what we had to do and they got it done. I commend everyone there that day for their service,” said Sheriff KC Lehr.

Corwin was transported by ambulance to the Pinedale Medical Clinic. After being evaluated by clinic staff he was air-lifted by life flight to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for further treatment.

The crash is being investigated by Wyoming Highway Patrol.

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