UPDATE (WKOW) — The Department of Natural Resources confirmed a fifth person died Monday morning after a series of snowmobile crashes were reported in Wisconsin over the weekend.
UPDATE (WKOW) — According to the DNR, wardens are investigating four deadly snowmobile incidents and one serious crash in five counties in Wisconsin since Friday.
The following incidents happened Friday and Saturday:
-Iron County: During the afternoon on Friday, Feb. 8, a snowmobile with a single operator collided with a vehicle on a state highway. The operator is hospitalized and on life support due to the serious injuries suffered. The Wisconsin State Patrol is leading this investigation with the WDNR wardens.
-Langlade County: On Saturday, Feb. 9, a snowmobile with a single occupant collided with an automobile on a state highway. The snowmobile operator was killed.
-Dunn County: About 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, a single snowmobile operator was traveling southbound on a designated snowmobile trail in Township of Colfax. It appears the snowmobile operator lost control of the snowmobile, left the trail and was ejected. The operator, a 29-year-old male from rural Boyceville, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dunn County Medical Examiner’s Office. The crash remains under investigation by deputies from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office, Dunn County Medical Examiner’s Office and the WDNR Bureau of Law Enforcement, which is leading the investigation. Speed is a possible contributing factor to this crash.
-Calumet County: About 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, a single snowmobile operator was traveling on Lake Winnebago when it appears the machine struck a snowbank or an ice crack. The machine landed atop the operator. The Calumet County Sheriff’s Department and the WDNR wardens are jointly investigating. Alcohol and speed are possible factors.
-Forest County: About 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, two snowmobiles were traveling eastbound on a snowmobile trail on the frozen Pickerel Lake when a passenger and operator on the lead snowmobile were ejected. The ejected passenger then was struck by the second snowmobile, which was traveling behind as part of the same group. The passenger was severely injured and died prior to a medical flight to hospital. Alcohol and speed are possible factors.
MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say at least three snowmobilers were killed in weekend crashes in Wisconsin.
In western Wisconsin, a 28-year-old man from rural Boyceville was killed when he crashed on Saturday. Dunn County authorities say the man was driving on a designated snowmobile trail when he apparently lost control, left the trail and was thrown. He died at the scene.
Authorities in northeastern Wisconsin say a woman was killed Saturday night when her snowmobile collided with a car. The Langlade County Sheriff’s Office says the 41-year-old woman who was driving the snowmobile was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which happened at an intersection. No one else was hurt.
In northern Wisconsin, the Iron County Sheriff’s Office says a 43-year-old woman died after her snowmobile collided with a semi-truck Friday.