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Snowmobilers injured in separate accidents

January 31, 2011
Daily Press

MANISTIQUE - Two snowmobilers were injured in separate accidents in Schoolcraft County on Saturday, according to the Schoolcraft County Sheriff Department's Special Operations Division. Names of the injured have not been released.

A snowmobile rollover accident was reported in Doyle Township at 2:15 p.m. The snowmobile operator, a 57-year-old man from Wisconsin, was traveling south on Trail 2 when he lost control of the machine causing it to roll over on top of him. Other snowmobilers riding with him quickly removed the machine and notified 911.

The subject was transported to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released. Operator error is said to be the cause of the accident, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by Doyle Township First Responders.

The second snowmobile accident was called in at 8:24 p.m. on Saturday.

A 43-year-old Thompson man was traveling south on Trail 41 when he lost control of his snowmobile and struck a tree.

Manistique Emergency Medical Services used a rescue sled to remove the man from the scene and transported him to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. He was later transferred to Marquette General Hospital where his condition is unknown, according to the news release.

The investigation remains open and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.

Medical personnel and deputies were assisted at the scene by Sault Tribe Police and Michigan State Police from Manistique.



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