Regional briefing

2 die in snowmobile accident

MARQUETTE — Two men were pronounced dead after sustaining injuries Friday evening from a head-on collision involving a snowmobile near Lake Gogebic State Park.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Wakefield Post along with deputies from the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a snowmobile personal injury accident around 7:12 p.m. Friday. According to a press release, the accident occurred on Lake Gogebic near the Lake Gogebic State Park, about 500 feet from shore.

The press release states that a 23-year-old man from Riverton, Illinois was involved in a head-on collision with a snowmobile driven by a 53-year-old man from Darwin, Minnesota.

CPR was initiated on both individuals before first responders arrived. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. It could not be confirmed before press time Saturday night whether the man from Illinois was also on a snowmobile.

Names are being withheld at this time until next of kin are notified.

Police ID dead snowmobiler

MUNISING — Police have identified the victim in a fatal snowmobile accident that occurred in Alger County Friday morning as 82-year-old George L. Hansen from Wisconsin.

Hansen’s snowmobile traveled into the path of oncoming traffic was struck by a vehicle while crossing M-28 near Knox Street in the Wetmore area, according to police. He was transported to UP Health System-Marquette, but succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the vehicle was uninjured. The incident happened around 8:25 a.m. Friday.

Snowmobile accident kills 1

SAULT STE. MARIE — A 71-year-old Grand Haven man died from injuries sustained in a snowmobile accident Friday morning.

The incident occurred around 11:25 a.m. by Snowmobile Trail No. 9 near County Road 452 in Luce County’s McMillan Township, according to a press release from the Michigan State Police Sault Ste. Marie Post.

Police said the driver, who was not identified, lost control of his snowmobile, ran off the trail and hit a group of trees. Speed was believed to be a factor, according to the release.