Two Men Die in Separate Snowmobile Accidents
A man died this morning after a snowmobiling accident in West Michigan. It happened Friday afternoon in Maple Grove Township in Barry County. The man, 29-year-old Ronald Stoudt, was thrown from the vehicle as it crested a hill.
Stoudt landed in a field. The snowmobile went airborne before rolling over several times. Michigan State Police officers say Stoudt was traveling too fast. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are still investigating the accident.
In Allegan County, another man is dead as a result of a snowmobiling accident. This one happened on the railroad tracks near 56th Street and 113th just before 3:00 a.m. Saturday.
Ronald Laraway was traveling by himself behind a group of two other snowmobiles when he hit a signal post mounted near the tracks. When his friends noticed Laraway was no longer with them they called 911.
When authorities arrived on the scene they found the 44-year-old severely wounded. Laraway was pronounced dead soon after. Visibility issues and alcohol appears to be a factor in this crash.
The Allegan County Sheriff's Department would like to remind the public that train tracks are private property and trespassing to ride along them is not only illegal but also dangerous.
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