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Early Monday morning snowmobile accident marks 6th snowmobile-related death in Vilas County this year


An Illinois man died in the early hours Monday after his snowmobile hit a tree in the Town of Plum Lake.

The Vilas County Sheriff’s Office says it got a call for the accidents around 1:30 a.m.

Police say the snowmobiler left the trail and hit a tree on the shoreline.

First responders tried to save him at the accident sight but were unsuccessful.

The snowmobiler was a 55-year-old man from Illinois.

The accident remains under investigation by the WDNR.

This is the 6th snowmobile-related death in Vilas County since the start of the year.

It’s the 14th snowmobile death in Wisconsin so far this year. The 13th was a deadly crash in Oneida County on Friday.

Katie Thoresen is WXPR's News Director/Vice President.
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