fatal snowmobile accident

ROCK RIVER TOWNSHIP, MI--   Police have released the names of the snowmobilers killed in an Alger County crash.

Sheriff’s officials say the victims were Douglas Show, 21, of Pennsylvania and John Shadian, 54, of Wisconsin.

Both were snowmobiling on Trail #8 in Rock River Township Monday night when they were involved in a head-on collision. Show and Shadian were ejected from their machines.

The two men were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Excessive speed is believed to be a factor.

ROCK RIVER TOWNSHIP, MI--   Two people are reported dead in a snowmobile accident in Alger County.

Sheriff’s deputies say it happened Monday around 9:25 p.m. on Trail #8 about a mile north of Samuelson Road in Rock River Township. They say two snowmobiles were involved in a head-on collision, causing both drivers to be ejected from their machines.

Both operators were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names are being withheld pending notification of family members.

Excessive speed is believed to be the cause of the accident, which remains under investigation.

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Houghton man has been killed in a crash between a snowmobile and a passenger vehicle. 

Michigan State Police from the Calumet Post say it happened Thursday around 4:30 p.m. in Franklin Township. Timothy Young, 53, of Houghton was southbound on Trail #3 when he failed to yield while crossing Lake Annie Road. Young was hit by a Subaru driven by Stephen Wright, 21, of Atlantic Mine.

Lifesaving efforts were performed by responders, but Young succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wright was not injured.

DICKINSON COUNTY, MI--   Police continue to investigate a fatal snowmobile crash in Dickinson County.

Troopers from the Iron Mountain Post say it happened Friday around 5:15 p.m. in Felch Township. A 19-year-old Wisconsin man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim’s name has not yet been released.

Michigan State Police were assisted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office.

MCMILLAN TOWNSHIP, MI--   Michigan State Police from the Sault Ste. Marie Post are investigating a fatal snowmobile accident in McMillan Township.

Officials say it happened Friday around 11:25 a.m. on Trail #9 near County Road 452. The driver, a 71-year-old Grand Haven man, lost control of his snowmobile. It ran off the road and hit a group of trees.

Troopers believe speed was a factor in the incident.

The Luce County Sheriff’s Office road and snowmobile patrol and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources assisted at the scene.

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.

WHITEFISH TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Saginaw man has died from injuries sustained in a Chippewa County snowmobile accident. 

The Department of Natural Resources says it happened around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on Trail #8 between M-123 and the Curley Lewis Highway. A snowmobile the 51-year-old was driving missed a curve and struck a tree. The man was taken to Helen Newberry Joy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Whitefish Township Fire Department and Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   A Wisconsin man has been killed in a snowmobile crash in southern Houghton County. 

State Police from the Calumet Post responded Wednesday to Trail #8 near M-28. Troopers say a snowmobile driven by Jamie Steen, 41, of Curtiss, Wisconsin was northbound when he failed to negotiate a curve. He lost control of the machine, left the trail, and struck a tree.

Troopers say speed was a factor in the crash.

The accident remains under investigation. 

UPDATE:  Officials say the man has been identified as Jason Bashor, 34, of Maryland. The woman is Shaena Hicks, 34, of Virginia.

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SHINGLETON, MI--   An Alger County snowmobile accident has killed one person and injured another. 

WLUC-TV reports it happened Sunday around 1:20 p.m. about a mile west of M-94 on Trail #8 in Shingleton. Officials say two snowmobiles operated by a 34-year-old man and 34-year-old woman were westbound when they failed to negotiate a curve. The machines left the trail and struck several trees.

UPDATE, 3/4/16:  The victim has been identified as Chad M. Plasters of Milan, Michigan.  Police say alcohol does not appear to be involved.

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NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI--   A downstate man has died in a Negaunee Township snowmobile accident. 

Marquette County Sheriff’s deputies say it happened Thursday around 9:36 a.m. on Trail #14 just west of Kalkaska Drive.  A 43-year-old Milan man was last in a group of six riders.  Investigation shows he failed to negotiate a right-hand curve, lost control of his snowmobile, and hit a guard rail post and a sign. 

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