The Iron County Sheriff says alcohol and speed are believed to have been factors in the death of a 19-year-old man in a snowmobile accident early yesterday.
Sheriff Robert Bruneau says Timothy Martens of Deloit, Iowa, was killed on a trail about seven miles east of Hurley when he crashed into a tree.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says it's the seventh snowmobile fatality of the season in the state.
The agency says that compares to ten at the same time a year ago, 18 two years ago and the five year average of twelve.The DNR's Director of Recreation Enforcement, Bill Engfer, says the agency is very happy there's a decrease, but he noted there wasn't a lot of snow early in the winter.
Snowmobile crashes killed 36 riders last winter, one fewer than during winter 2004-2005 and three shy of the record 39 during the winter of 1999-2000.Engfer says it's too soon to predict whether this winter will be dramatically safer on the trails.
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