Deputies investigate Schoolcraft County snowmobile accidents

Feb 4, 2013

SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY, MI--   The Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two snowmobile accidents on Saturday.  

The first happened at noon on Trail 8 near Ross Lake in Hiawatha Township.  A 60-year-old man was trying to pass a trail groomer when he was ejected from his sled and hit the groomer.  The man was taken to Munising Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Deputies say excessive speed and careless operation are believed to be factors in the accident.

The second crash occurred around 8:20 p.m. on Trail 2 in Doyle Township.  Witnesses say two snowmobile operators approaching from different directions met and collided in a corner.  Both were thrown from their sleds but neither was injured.  The snowmobiles were badly damaged. 

One of the riders left the scene before the accident was reported, which is illegal if damage to the sleds is more than $100.  Deputies are searching for the man, who is now considered a suspect for reckless operation and not reporting the incident.