snowmobile crashes

Vilas county authorities report a snowmobile death yesterday.

An emergency call came in shortly before 7 p.m. from the Found Lake Road area near St. Germain. The person who died was a 62 year old man from St. Germain.The name of the person killed will be released later.

Law enforcemnt reports the driver of the sled was operating in the east bound lane while heading west and struck another vehicle. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators report speed appears to have been a factor in the crash..

Several of the state's recent snowmobile fatalities have occurred in northern Wisconsin and a DNR recreation warden says the familiar factors have been involved.

Warden Justin Bender in Woodruff has this report...

"...As of January this year there's been five fatalities. Three have been in Oneida, one in Forest and one in Juneau county. Of the five, we still are waiting blood results, it takes some time. But in four of those it appears alcohol was involved and we're still pending results from finding that out..."

One person has died from a snowmobile crash Saturday night in the Town of Lake Tomahawk.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports the driver of a snowmobile left the trail off of Lyannas Road and Highway 47.

The Sheriff's Department was notified of the crash shortly before 9:00 p.m.

Deputies found the unidentified operator left the trail and struck some trees.The victim, identified as Matthew S. Martens, 44, of Green Bay, died at the scene of the crash. 

Several agencies responded to the crash scene with the DNR completing the accident report.

UPDATE: Name Of Snowmobiler Killed In Minocqua Released

Jan 24, 2019
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MINOCQUA -- Authorities have released the name of the snowmobiler who died in an accident Tuesday morning in Minocqua. 

Deceased is Trey T. Kent, age 25, of Wisconsin Rapids. He died when his snowmobile struck a closed metal gate on South Stone Lake Road, west of Minocqua. Police received an emergency call at 2:33 a.m. Tuesday reporting a snowmobiler not breathing. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the county medical examiner.

The name of the person killed in an early Sunday snowmobile crash in Oneida county has been released.

The Sheriff's Department identified the victim as 37 year old Richard John Krook of Pelican Lake.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports they were called shortly after 1:00 a.m. to Old 26 road in the town of Schoepke. Deputies found the snowmobile had left the trail and hit some trees on the side of the trail. The driver died at the scene.

Several agencies responded to the crash including the DNR and Wisconsin State Patrol.

National Park Service

Snowmobilers will see more state wardens on the northern Wisconsin trails following a rash of serious injury and fatal snowmobile accidents. They are beginning "Operation Safe Snow" says a Northwoods DNR law enforcement leader.

Three recent fatalities in Iron county and two in Price county were widely reported, but Lt. Dave Walz of Woodruff says one death is too many in any snowmobile season - and so far Wisconsin has had five fatalities and as many injuries.

Friday morning(1-19-2018)  he said there are many injuries including one reported in Vilas county... dMz

One person died late Wednesday night near Milwaukee, and five others have been killed in the Northwoods, as the snowmobile season is fully underway.

The latest report finds a 29 year old Port Washington man died on the Milwaukee River near Fredonia. A crash Saturday evening in Price county killed two people and three crashes in Iron county have claimed lives.

One person has died in a town of Newbold snowmobile crash.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports they were called shortly before 11 a.m. by Vilas County after a report of a snowmobile crash near the Rustic Manor in St. Germain, on the Oneida-Vilas border.

Two people have died in separate snowmobile crashes over the weekend.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports a single crash on South Crystal Lake Road in Land O' Lakes Saturday morning.

Investigators report the driver failed to negotiate a curve along a marked snowmobile route. The snowmobile left the trail, striking several trees. The driver was thrown off the sled. The name of the driver was not released.

Wisconsin's death total so far this snowmobile season has been half of last year's total, but  even with the lower numbers, a DNR official says the cause often is too much alcohol. Most of the snowmobile drivers killed this winter have had blood alcohol levels nearly 3 times the legal level.

A Minocqua man has died in a town of Newbold snowmobile crash.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports last Wednesday they investigated a snowmobile crash near Highway 70. The caller told the dispatcher the man was injured on the trail and his snowmobile was in the woods.

The operator of the snowmobile, 45 year old Jesse Wiesendanger of Minocqua, died Monday from injuries sustained in the crash. The Sheriff's Department says it appears alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Authorities Report Two Snowmobile Accidents Last Week

Jan 19, 2015

Oneida County authorities say a snowmobiler escaped serious injuries in a collision with a car.  The crash happened in the Town of Pelican, southeast of Rhinelander, about 1:20 Sunday afternoon.  

Lieutenant Terri Hook says the snowmobiler failed to stop at a stop sign and was hit at low impact by a homeowner backing out of the driveway.  

The snowmobiler was cited for failing to stop.  The rider’s name wasn’t released.
The person had injuries which were not life-threatening and was taken to a hospital for treatment.