By JOHN PEPIN, Journal Munising Bureau
SENEY — A downstate man was the sixth snowmobiler killed in the Upper Peninsula this winter when he died in an accident Monday night in Schoolcraft County.
Timothy Dean Pierson, 46, of Otter Lake was traveling westbound on Trail No. 431 when he lost control of the sled, went off the trail and struck a tree, according to Michigan State Police troopers from the Newberry post.
The crash occurred at about 7 p.m., 3.3 miles north of M-28 in Seney Township. Troopers said Pierson was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.So far this winter, 11 riders have been killed across Michigan.
The fatality is the first snowmobile rider death recorded in Schoolcraft County this winter. The five other deaths have occurred two each in Ontonagon and Gogebic counties and one in Chippewa County.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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