The Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office was called to help rescue a Logan couple who became stranded in the West Desert over the weekend trying to drive to Wendover.
According to a press release, Matthew and Abigail Adams left Logan on Saturday and were intending to spend the night in West Wendover, Nevada. Instead of driving along I-15 and I-80, the couple planned to travel through Lucin and then drive south.
Family members called deputies Sunday morning when the couple did not check into their hotel and could not be reached by cellphone. They were reportedly driving a red Nissan Titan pickup.
A deputy traveled the couple’s planned route, driving all the way to Wendover without seeing any sign of the vehicle. He also contacted the hotel where they were going to stay and learned they had not checked in.
Search and Rescue crews were dispatched as deputies attempted to track the couple’s cellphones to get their last known location. About the same time, the couple were spotted by Union Pacific Railroad crews. They were on the Lucin Cutoff railroad grade, just south of the Hogup Mountain range.
Deputies found the couple around 3:00 p.m. Everyone was fine. Matthew Adams explained that as they were driving Saturday afternoon the road conditions deteriorated and they became stuck in a mud hole. The truck’s four wheel drive would not engage and they could not get out.
The couple could see the railroad from their location and formulated a plan to get assistance by making a “HELP” sign. They attached the sign to an umbrella to get the attention of a passing train. Before a train could pass the couple were spotted by railroad maintenance crews.
Deputies commended the Adamses for notifying family members of their intended route and weekend itinerary. They also had made a plan to get help but stayed with their vehicle, conserved energy and stayed out of the elements.
Deputies encourage anyone who is planning to travel into remote locations to take plenty of water, healthy snacks or food. They also advise not deviating from planned routes and remember that cellphones won’t always work.