A driver is lucky to be alive after hitting a patch of ice over the weekend that spun the car into a canyon on Ryno Road west of Broken Bow.
According to the Custer County Sheriff’s Office accident report, the 16 year old driver was southbound on Ryno Road in a 2000 Dodge Durango at approximately 3:30 P.M., Saturday, February 23 when the vehicle struck a patch of ice.
The Durango traveled left over the center line and entered a deep canyon on the south side of the road. The vehicle then rolled onto its left top edge and slid for approximately 200 feet and stuck three cedar trees. It then struck a cottonwood tree, which righted the vehicle back onto its wheels, and finally slid to a stop, 75 feet later, at the bottom of the canyon.
The driver was able to crawl out of the vehicle to the top of the canyon and walk to a nearby home where emergency services were called. Broken Bow EMS transported the 16 year old to Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center with multiple injuries. There were no other occupants in the vehicle. The Durango was listed as totaled and a seatbelt was used in the crash.