Man hurt in snowmobile crashPublished Saturday, January 20, 2007 12:30:52 PM Central Time
By MARGARET LEVRA
Globe Staff Writer
TROUT CREEK -- A 41-year-old Rockton man was transported to Ontonagon Memorial Hospital with possible back, chest, and leg injuries following a midnight accident involving two snowmobiles between Trout Creek and Kenton.
According to a Friday Michigan State Police report, both John Crum and a 30-year-old Trout Creek man, whose name wasn't been released, left the scene on Trail 8 after their sleds struck some trees.
After disputing whose snowmobile could travel faster, Crum and the Trout Creek man left a bar and drove onto the trail and began to race, the report said.
As they raced, Crum went ahead of the other driver and began to slow. The Trout Creek man, traveling at a high rate of speed, struck the Crum snowmobile, the report said. The machines continued on, striking trees before coming to rest.
Both men left the scene and failed to initially report the accident, the report said.
Troopers found Crum in his motel room, unable to move. He was experiencing pain throughout his back, legs, and chest, the report said.
The Trout Creek man was issued appearance tickets and is to appear at the Houghton County Court House for charges.
Both men were wearing helmets. Speed and alcohol were contributing factors, the report added.
The name of the Trout Creek man will be released today, a trooper from the MSP Wakefield post said.
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