Police car struck by snowmobiler

CALUMET — A Michigan State Police patrol car was rear-ended by a snowmobiler who was taken to the hospital for injuries Sunday in Calumet Township, according to the Michigan State Police Calumet Post.

The patrol car was struck by the snowmobile during “blizzard conditions” around 3:50 p.m. Sunday on M-26 near Pepin Road in Calumet Township, according to police.

The patrol car had been traveling northbound at a reduced speed due to the poor visibility and was struck by a northbound 1997 Yamaha snowmobile that was traveling at nearly double the speed of the patrol car.

The operator, a 60-year-old man from Farmington Hills, was ejected and trapped under the snowmobile as it came to rest in the snowbank. Troopers were “able to lift the snowmobile enough to free the operator and render medical assistance,” police said. He was transported to Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital by ambulance for “non-life-threatening injuries,” according to police.

The patrol car incurred moderate damage and the snowmobile was severely damaged in the accident.

The Houghton County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing the case for potential charges once the investigation is completed.

Deputies from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office, along with Mercy Ambulance and Joe’s Towing of Calumet assisted at the scene, police said.