Wisconsin wardens investigate multiple snowmobile accidents, some fatal

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Wis. (WIFR) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is investigating four fatal snowmobile accidents and one serious crash in five counties.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conservation wardens are working with state and local law enforcement agencies are investigating four fatal snowmobile incidents plus an incident with life-threatening injuries that happened Friday and Saturday, February 8 and 9, in Calumet, Dunn, Langlade, Iron, and Forest Counties.

“These are tragic losses of life. The wardens are working with local law enforcement partners on each investigation,” said Lt. Roy Zellmer, of the Wis. Department of Natural Resources’ Bureau of Law Enforcement. “The identifications of the victims will be determined and announced by the coroners or medical examiners in each county upon notification of family members.”

In Iron County, on February 8, a person was riding in a snowmobile when it hit a vehicle on a state highway. The person on the snowmobile is on life support because of their injuries. That crash is under investigation.

In Langlade County, on February 9, someone riding a snowmobile hit a vehicle on a state highway. The driver was killed.

In Dunn County, on February 9, one person riding a snowmobile on a snowmobile trail in the Township of Colfax. Investigators say it looks like the driver lost control of the snowmobile, left the trail, and got ejected. The driver was a 29-year-old male from rural Boyceville, and was pronounced dead at the scene. That crash is under investigation, but speed is a possible factor.

In Calumet County, on February 9, a driver on a snowmobile was driving on Lake Winnebago when investigators believe that the mobile hit a snowbank or an ice crack. The snowmobile landed on the operator. Investigators believe alcohol and speed are factors in this crash.

In Forest County, on February 9, two snowmobiles were traveling on the frozen Pickerel Lake when a passenger and operator on the lead snowmobile were ejected. The ejected passenger was hit by the second snowmobile, which was traveling behind them. The passenger was injured and died from those injuries. Investigators believe alcohol and speed are possible factors.