Snowmobiler dies when thrown
By JOHN PEPIN, Journal Munising Bureau
STRONGS — A Saginaw man was killed in a snowmobile accident Saturday night in Chippewa County.Scott Robert Stansloski, 35, was westbound along snowmobile Trail 47, when the sled left the trail on a slight curve and he was thrown from the sled into a tree, according to deputies from the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department.
The crash was reported at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday. The accident occurred about a mile west of Strongs Road in Chippewa Township.Responding agencies included Chippewa County Sheriff’s deputies, Chippewa EMS and Sault Fire Intercept.
The snowmobile fatality is the ninth this winter in Michigan and the fifth in the Upper Peninsula. Previous U.P. crashes this winter have occurred in Ontonagon and Gogebic counties, with two deaths reported from each of those counties.Last winter, the lowest number of snowmobile deaths in a decade was recorded in the Upper Peninsula.
Nine riders were killed in U.P. snowmobile-related fatalities.Statewide last winter, the death count tied the winter of 2005’s fatality total of 24, which marked the fewest sledding deaths across the state in 15 years.
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