7 LDS youth and leader survive tragic accident

The ride from Jackson Hole, Wyo., to Rigby, Idaho, usually takes under two hours. But, for Holly Galbraith and the seven young women traveling with her Saturday, Nov. 5, the day was not what they expected. Holly, a 35-year old youth leader, gave herself extra time that morning allowing for slick road conditions as the group set out for an Especially for Youth Church activity.

Holly and her group of girls are all members of the Jackson Hole 2nd Ward. The group included Marianne Galbriath, 15; Heather Banack,16; Emily Fairbanks, 13; and four sisters — Sky and Star Roney both 17, Maya Roney, 16 and Sage Roney, 14.

The extra time would not matter that Saturday as the Suburban they were driving hit ice at the notoriously dangerous spot on Pine Creek Pass. The vehicle began to slide, crashing through the guardrail and falling more than 150 feet into the icy creek below.

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