Bancroft OPP is investigating the cause of a snowmobile crash that killed a 24-year-old rider Friday evening.
The single-vehicle collision happened on a trail Weslemkoon Lake Road east of Silva Lake at about 9:30 p.m. The man was rushed to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
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On Monday, the OPP issued a snowmobile safety warning after two weekend crashes brought snowmobile fatalities this season to six. Three people died in two separate incidents Sunday after their snowmobiles went through the ice on Georgian Bay.
The OPP warned snowmobilers to stay off frozen waterways and said police would be out watching for safety violations and impaired riders, while the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs urged riders to stay off closed federation trails.
“These latest incidents are a tragic reminder of the serious risks associated with snowmobiling on frozen waterways,” Chief Supt. Rohan Thompson, provincial commander of the OPP’s Highway Safety Division, said in a news release Monday.
“Approximately 40 per cent of OPP-investigated fatal snowmobile incidents in the last 10 years have occurred on lakes and rivers. Excessive speed, driving too fast for the conditions and alcohol (and) drugs are other top contributing factors in snowmobile deaths.
“Our data speaks loud and clear about the behaviours and unsafe riding conditions snowmobilers need to avoid to make it through the season safely.”
Snowmobilers should regularly check the OFSC’s interactive trail guide for updates on trail openings and closures, a federation spokesperson said, adding it’s “unlawful and unsafe” to ride on closed trails.
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