Blowing snow a factor in fatal snowmobile accident, other crashes

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CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - Blowing snow and bad road and trail conditions lead to several accidents in Chippewa County Thursday, with two serious incidents.

One happened on Snowmobile Trail #8 near the Brimley Grade Road. Just after crossing that road, the driver of the snowmobile was operating the machine faster than the trail conditions would allow, resulting in the driver being thrown from the sled. The snowmobiler landed on the middle of the trail.

Due to the blowing snow at the time, a second snowmobiler was unable to see the first lying in the trail and ran into the victim. The second snowmobiler was uninjured in the crash. The first snowmobiler, 49-year-old Kristen Dale Brown, of Portland, Mich., died as a result of his injuries.

No other information is available at this time and the accident remains under investigation.

In Raco, around the same time as the snowmobile crash, a personal injury accident happened between a semi-truck and a pick-up truck resulting in non-life-threatening injuries. The semi was slowing down for other traffic which the pick-up ran into the back of the semi.

This accident resulted in both the driver and the passenger of the pick-up truck to sustain injuries. They were transported to War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office was assisted on the accident scenes by Bay Mills Police Department, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Bay Mills Conservation, and Bay Mills and Superior Fire and EMS.

These are developing incidents. TV6, FOX UP,, and the TV6 & FOX UP mobile app will have the latest details as they are made available.

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