Air ambulances transport accident victims

POCATELLO — Bannock County emergency responders and Portneuf Medical Center’s helicopter spent more than two hours Friday searching for a local teenage girl whose pickup truck careened off the top of Chinese Peak on the city’s eastern border, authorities said.

The search was discontinued when the 17-year-old girl showed up at PMC for treatment.

The Bannock County Sheriff’s Office said the incident began to unfold when it received a report from a person on Chinese Peak around 5 p.m. that a pickup had plunged off the top of the mountain and flipped multiple times as it descended down a ravine.

Sheriff’s deputies and Bannock County Search and Rescue personnel responded to Chinese Peak and found the pickup near the bottom of the ravine with no one inside.

There was blood present in the vehicle so responders knew the driver was injured, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies and Search and Rescue personnel began searching the Chinese Peak area and soon called in the PMC air ambulance to provide help from above.

Around 8 p.m. the search was called off when PMC reported that the pickup’s driver and lone occupant, the 17-year-old local girl, had been transported to the hospital via private vehicle and was being treated there, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The Sheriff’s Office described the girl’s injuries as non-life threatening. Her name has not been released.

The incident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.