Iron Mountain man hospitalized after snowmobile crash in Florence

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FLORENCE, Wisc. (WLUC) - At approximately 11 A.M on Monday, February 19th, a snowmobile crash with injuries was reported on the Pine River between Lake Ellwood and County Highway N in Florence, Wisconsin.

Two snowmobiles has traveled from the Menominee River then up the Pine River. A 55-year-old Iron Mountain man struck a large ice and snow covered rock at approximately 60 miles per hour. His snowmobile rolled over several times before coming to rest 300 feet from the initial impact.

The second snowmobile operator was unfamiliar with the area and it was his first time riding on the river. Using GPS coordinates from the 911 call which was initially received by the Dickinson County Sheriff’s, Florence County Sheriffs were able to locate the spot on a map and send emergency responders. The area was more than a mile upstream from the nearest access point.

Responders from the Sheriff’s Office, Florence Fire and Florence Rescue, Aurora Rescue and Beacon Ambulance, were able to reach the victim in 57 minutes. Responders used a UTV along with the assistance of some passing snowmobilers to reach the scene.

The victim was transported to DCMH with head and arm injuries. Air-medical resources were unable to fly due to bad weather.