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Wisconsin man dies in snowmobile crash in western U.P.

Second man transported to hospital by ambulance, then airlifted to second hospital, where he remained in stable condition

A Wisconsin man in his 50s has died and a second snowmobiler was airlifted to hospital after a crash in the western Upper Peninsula.

On Jan. 29 at around 1:30 a.m. Central Time, troopers from the Michigan State Police Wakefield Post and deputies from the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a fatal snowmobile crash in Wakefield Township.

The investigation revealed a group of snowmobilers was traveling westbound on Trail #2 near Ramsay when the crash occurred, state police said in a news release.

A 53-year-old male from Berlin, Wisconsin, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The 54-year-old male driver of a second snowmobile was transported to Aspirus Grandview Hospital by Beacon Ambulance. 

He was then airlifted to Aspirus Hospital in Wausau where he was treated for a broken leg. He was listed in stable condition.

The names of the two snowmobilers were being withheld at this time, police said. 

Alcohol was believed to have been a factor in the crash, according to police, who said the incident remained under investigation.

Assisting agencies were the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan DNR conservation officers, Beacon Ambulance, Michigan State Police Chaplin Corps and the Gogebic County Victim Services Unit.