3 Snowmobile Accidents in Northern Minn., Wis. Leave 1 Dead, 2 Injured

Updated: 01/12/2014 10:34 PM
Created: 01/12/2014 8:10 PM

At least one person was killed, and two more people injured in several snowmobile accidents across northern Minnesota and Wisconsin this weekend.

Price County authorities said a 70-year-old woman was killed on Saturday in a crash that happened around 3 p.m. On a public trail east of Phillips.

Initial investigation revealed that the snowmobile left the trail, then hit a wire and a tree. Her name will be released after the family is notified.

The second accident happened in Voyageurs National Park on Crane Lake at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office. They said 54-year-old Mark James Gornick of Ramsey was thrown from his snowmobile near Handberg's Marine after it struck a large snow bank off of an icy road, leaving him injured.

Deputies said excessive speed was a factor.

And a 55-year-old man was taken to a Duluth hospital after a crash on Caribou Lake around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

St. Louis County deputies said Roger Anderson of Duluth lost control of his snowmobile and suffered non life-threatening injuries.

The accidents remain under investigation.

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MN AREAS AFFECTED: Southern Cook, North Shore; Southern Lake, North Shore
Expires: 11/23/2014 12:00 PM

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WI AREAS AFFECTED: Ashland; Bayfield; Burnett; Douglas; Iron; Price; Sawyer; Washburn
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