Got nothing to do with this storyTourists got out of their Tacoma on the Beartooth Pass (Wy/Mt) border to take some pictures at the elevation sign. They left it in neutral and the Forest Service is estimating the bill will exceed $100K because of the heavy-lift helicopters required and the endless hours of high-angle climbers needed. HH
The company out here is Erikson Air Cranes, and they're not cheap. You also need to hire ground crews with ropes and tackle to pick up every single (did I say "every single?") piece. HHThe days of just leaving the wreck at the bottom to pollute the river are over. Someone is getting a cleanup bill.
There is a parking area on the opposite side of the road that if you roll across the meadow behind it (as this unattended Tacoma did,) you'll go over the edge for well over 1.5K yards. What's left of the truck is out now, but high-angle teams contracted by the Forest Service will be back in the late spring to retrieve the wheels, doors, camper shell...and everything larger than your thumbnail including all the glass. HH