Accidents, as they say, happen. And they happen even in Yellowstone National Park during the winter season when stringent guidelines are in place for snowmobilers and snowcoaches.
According to sketchy park reports, a snowcoach recently stopped on the side of the Grand Loop Road near Beryl Spring due to poor groomed snow conditions. While the driver was apparently assessing the conditions up ahead, a group of snowmobiles led by a commercial guide decided to pass the snowcoach.
"The guide went around and the second 'bile in line with a female driver and female passenger doubled up contacted the left rear tread of the coach," said park spokesman Dan Hottle. "The driver was only going around 10-15 mph, but the impact made the machine slide sideways. The driver was thrown off and landed in soft snow. She was wearing a helmet and complained of a headache.
"The passenger was also thrown and hit her leg on the rear tread of the coach. Both driver and passenger were transported to West Yellowstone as a precaution, but no significant injuries were reported," he said.