Chippewa County snowmobile accident claims life

Feb 2, 2018

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MI--   The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office says hazardous winter weather caused numerous accidents Thursday.

In Raco, a semi had slowed down for other traffic on M-28 when it was rear-ended by a pickup truck. The driver and passenger of the pickup were injured and taken to War Memorial Hospital for treatment.

At virtually the same time a snowmobile accident on Trail #8 killed a downstate man.

Officials say Kristen Brown, 49, of Portland was driving faster than conditions would allow. He had just crossed the Brimley Grade Road when he was thrown from the snowmobile and landed in the middle of the trail. Due to blinding snow a second snowmobiler was unable to see Brown and ran into him.

Brown died of his injuries. The other snowmobiler was not injured.