One dies in crashPublished Monday, January 22, 2007 3:54:38 PM Central Time
By ERIC HJERSTEDT SHARP
Globe Staff Writer
WATERSMEET -- A 70-year-old Superior, Wis., man died Saturday morning after the snowmobile he was riding was struck by a pickup truck on U.S. 45 in Watersmeet.
Arnold Regeski was pronounced dead shortly after his snowmobile collided with the truck driven by Randel Mogytych, 58, of Ingleside, Ill. Mogytych was not injured in the accident.
According to a Lac Vieux Desert Tribal Police officer, Regeski was attempting to cross the highway from Duck Lake Road at 10:25 a.m. Saturday, when he was thrown from his snowmobile immediately after impact with the truck.
Mogytych was not cited for any infractions, and alcohol was not reported to be involved in the accident.
Assisting the tribal police with the accident were Michigan State Police, U.S. Forest Service officer Steve Drake, Watersmeet First Responders and the Land O'Lakes Ambulance.
Bradley Elmore, 46, of Dayton, Minn., was airlifted to a Duluth hospital after being seriously injured in a snowmobile accident just off Wisconsin 77, west of Upson, Wis., at 3:42 p.m. Friday.
According to an Iron County Sheriff's Department report, Elmore apparently suffered arm and leg fractures after being thrown from his snowmobile into a tree on Lake O'Brien Road.
Wisconsin 77 was closed for a short time until about 5 p.m. Friday to allow the helicopter to land.
Beacon Ambulance and area fire departments assisted the Iron County Sheriff's Department with the accident.
Elmore's condition was not known prior to presstime.
In Michigan, two men walked away with minor injuries from a snowmobile accident on Trail No. 2, about five miles west of Ramsay.
Paul Kenneth Hedberg, 22, of Anoka, Minn., told Gogebic County Sheriff's Department deputies he suffered a sore hip after the snowmobile accident at about 12:15 a.m.
According to the GCSD report, Hedberg said two snowmobiles which came around a curve on the trail just missed him, but caused his snowmobile to go off the trail and he was thrown from his machine. As he was manually moving his snowmobile back onto the trail, another snowmobile came around the curve, striking the back end of Hedberg's machine.
That snowmobile rolled over its driver, Preston R. Bohn, 29, of Twin Lakes, Wis., after striking Hedberg's machine, according to the report. Bohn complained of possible injuries to his ribs.
No charges were filed in the accident.
Grand View Hospital called the Gogebic County Sheriff's Department at 7:49 p.m. Thursday to report Kurt Stahl, 41, of Spring Grove, Ill., had injured his shoulder after being flipped off his snowmobile at Lake Gogebic earlier in the day.
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