Pickup, snowmobile crash claims sled driver
By STEVE BROWNLEE, Journal Staff Writer
MARQUETTE — A Minnesota man was killed when his snowmobile struck a pickup truck on M-26 in Houghton County early Sunday morning.It was the second snowmobile fatality in the western Upper Peninsula over the weekend after a Wisconsin man was fatally injured late Saturday morning in an accident in Gogebic County.
The fatalities brought the U.P. total to at least four for this winter and the state total to at least six, according to numbers compiled by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.In the Houghton County accident, Christopher J. Opseth, 27, of Alden, Minn., died when he attempted to cross the highway in Toivola, about a mile south of the intersection with Misery Bay Road in Adams Township, according to a news release from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office.Police were called shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday after Opseth, who was southwest bound on Trail 3, was struck by a truck driven by William Johnson, 21, of Toivola, police said. Opseth was ejected from his snowmobile.Opseth was transported by ambulance to Portage Hospital in Hancock and pronounced dead upon arrival, according to police.Johnson was not cited in the accident, police said.
Assisting at the scene were the DNR, Adams Township First Responders and Mercy Ambulance.In the Gogebic County accident, Arnold Regeski, 70, of Superior, Wis., was attempting to cross U.S. 45 about a mile south of Watersmeet when he was struck by a pickup truck driven by Randel Mogytych, 58, of Ingleside, Ill., according to a news release from the Lac Vieux Desert Tribal Police Department. The incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. Saturday about a mile south of U.S. 2 and seven miles north of the Wisconsin border.
Regeski was ejected from his snowmobile and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Mogytych was not cited in the accident, according to police.Assisting at the scene were troopers from the Wakefield post of the Michigan State Police, U.S. Forest Service officer Steve Drake, Watersmeet First Responders and Land O’Lakes, Wis., Ambulance.
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