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EJS at Moab--Mishap

I saw a post on FaceBook and didn't have time to copy it to here. There was an incident this week at EJS. A JLU driver apparently gassed his rig too much and as it topped a hill he lost control and hit at least one onlooker, nearly severing her leg. The Jeep ended up face down in a 5 foot wide vertical walled rock gully. From the looks of it, it may be totaled. Bad stuff can happen so fast, be careful out there.

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Oh my gosh. I've always worried about spectators hanging around an obstacle especially with an unknown driver. When I'm with a group where I know the drivers, I know how close I can safely watch or spot them .

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Really a bad story here. The local forum covered it pretty well. In my opinion the primary factors are inexperienced drivers and large crowds at certain obstacles.
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The person injured was 35' from the normal path. The driver never let off the throttle when he topped off. Major brain fade.
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The person injured was 35' from the normal path. The driver never let off the throttle when he topped off. Major brain fade.
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https://gephardtdaily.com/local/pers...n-spike-trail/

MOAB, Utah, April 15, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — One person was airlifted to an area hospital after a Jeep accident on the Golden Spike Trail near Moab Sunday.

A Facebook post from Grand County Search and Rescue said the patient was flown by Classic Air Medical while emergency medical services and search and rescue were still en route to the scene.

“We were en route to this incident on the difficult Golden Spike jeep trail to assist as needed,” the Facebook post said. “We rely on the workhorse of our fleet, our rangers, to get us and EMS to the scene. “Shout out to our fleet manager and his team for building these amazing vehicles. Thanks to Classic Air Medical, such a great resource for our community for successfully completing this rescue.”

The photograph below shows the vehicle officials used to get to the Jeep.

Grand County Emergency Medical Services said: “Thank you to the team at Classic Air Medical who are able to access and start patient care quickly in the Moab back country. If you have not already please watch our video on safety for Jeep Safari.”

That video is above. The Easter Jeep Safari began Saturday and runs through Easter Sunday, April 21. For more information on the safari click here.

Golden Spike Trail is a 16.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Moab, that is rated as difficult to navigate.

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Golden Spike is rated as a 7 out of 9 by the Moab Red Rocks club.
For a "7" required front and rear locker and minimum 35" tires. Most all of the obstacles are 6 or less. I do not know which obstacle is in question or what its rating is, and so far that info has not been reported. Spectators said he got hung up on a high point and did not back off and powered his way forward (or sideways off track?).
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That's just awful. I've done the Golden Spike a couple of times, it's a fairly difficult trail especially for the less experienced drivers.

Was the guy crossing the Golden Crack?
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John, it didn't happen at the Golden Crack, evidently he tried an optional obstacle, got high centered and then who knows? Could have been one of those panic moments when the gas pedal is mistaken for the brake, the vehicle came off the obstacle, traveled approx 50 to 75 feet at a fast speed, pivoting to the left before striking the onlooker near where it ended up nose down in the gully. Pirate Forum has a long thread on it, the driver is severely flamed by many there. My assessment of the happening is purely conjecture based on the overhead views of the area posted on Pirate and the chain of events related by observers. Prayers for both the victim and the driver, I hope for a full recovery of the woman whose leg was injured. As an aside, I have wheeled in the Rockies, our local mountains and deserts, and the Lone Pine/Death Valley area. Moab brings a whole new style of wheeling to the table. We spent 5 days there this February with our local group, it was five days of adrenaline!

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