Snowmobiler injuredPENTLAND TOWNSHIP -
A snowmobiler from Gregory, Mich. is in stable condition at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey after the machine he was driving at high speed finished second best to a logging truck on McLeod Road Sunday afternoon.
According to a statement from state police at the Newberry Post, the fully loaded logging truck was westbound on McLeod Road at 1:45 p.m. Sunday when a snowmobile driven by Jason Nierynck, 31, ran into the truck's front tire.
Troopers reported that Nierynck was ejected from the snow machine by the force of the collision and injured.Reports indicate the logging truck had come nearly to a complete stop when the snowmobile struck it. The snow machine was reportedly operating at a very high rate of speed when it encountered the logging truck.Nierynck was hauled from the scene by the Luce County Ambulance rescue sled and was taken initially to Helen Newberry Joy Hospital in Newberry.
He was later transferred to Northern Michigan Hospital. His injuries were not described in the statement.The driver of the logging truck, Robert Martell of Newberry, was not injured in the collision.State police cited excessive speed by the snowmobile as a factor in the collision.
Troopers also reminded snowmobilers operating on roadways that wheeled vehicles have the right of way, even if they are not logging trucks.
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