MISSOULA, Mont. — Authorities have identified the man who was trapped in his car for three days after rolling the vehicle in a remote part of Montana as 30-year-old Shaun Lee of South Carolina.
Lee remained hospitalized in the intensive care unit care unit of St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula late Saturday morning.
Benjamin Hegg, a member of a U.S. Forest Service fire crew working in the Ninemile Ranger District west of Missoula, said workers found Lee trapped in his Chevy Impala Friday morning. The car was upside down on an embankment and in a precarious position, so the crew members used a fire hose to stabilize the vehicle by tying it to a tree, and then they administered first aid until emergency workers arrived.
When we touched his car it was ready to move, Hegg said. So that's why we used the fire hose.
Lee was conscious and able to talk to his rescuers, but he was pinned by the steering wheel and lying against the door of the vehicle, fire crew member Patrick Oakley said. Lee told the rescuers he was thirsty and in pain, and that he'd been trapped in the car since about Tuesday.
The patient stayed conscious through the extrication of the vehicle, Hegg said. He was clearly in pain and had a decreased level of consciousness, but he was able to answer questions to a degree.
The crash happened along West Nine Mile road, a narrow, twisting gravel road in the Lolo National Forest.
You can get lost up here. You can't see very far. There's a lot of tree cover, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer said. You've got to watch your speed.