A 69-year-old Wyoming woman died Sunday in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 43 about 8 miles from the top of Chief Joseph Pass.
Her family is asking for help locating a Miniature Pinscher dog that went missing following the accident.
“Her name is Jazzy,” said Sandra Trautman. “She was my mom’s baby. I hope we can find her.”
Trautman said her mother adopted Jazzy after the dog had been rescued from a dog farm. She said Jazzy may be scared.
Trautman, her husband and two children were returning to Rock Springs, Wyoming, after spending the holiday with family. Her mother was driving the car eastbound when the accident occurred.
“I think mom lost consciousness,” Trautman said. “She had just been talking to everyone and asking if they had gone to sleep.”
She said her husband had just closed his eyes when the crash occurred.
The vehicle went off the edge of the two-lane highway and traveled along the embankment for about 250 feet before it struck a rock and became airborne, according to Montana Highway Patrol public information officer Sgt. Jay Nelson. It landed on the driver’s side.
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Nelson said that Trautman's mother was trapped inside the vehicle, where she succumbed to her injuries.
As of Monday morning, Nelson said it wasn’t clear why the vehicle went off the edge of the road.
The other family members were transported to Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital to treat non-life-threatening injuries.
“We are all banged up, but okay,” Trautman said. “We spent time at the hospital in Hamilton. Our care was just amazing. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
Trautman said she was also thankful for the care the Wisdom EMTs provided.
Trautman asks anyone with information about Jazzy to call her at 307-922-2047 or her husband, Todd, at 307-922-1999 or her brother, Kevin Clark, at 406-381-3569.