Man Killed In Head-On Snowmobile Crash

TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. (WCCO) — One person is dead after two snowmobiles crashed on Saturday afternoon near Taylors Falls.

Deputies received a call around 2:45 p.m. of a snowmobile crash on a portion of the Wild River Snowmobile Trail located near County Road 37 and Herberg Road, according to the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office.

When they arrived, they found two snowmobilers involved in a head-on crash with both machines on fire. Both drivers were men and both were injured.

One of the drivers was airlifted to Regions Hospital where he died. The other was also transported to Regions where he was treated for his injuries.

The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the crash.

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  • gene

    thankyou for not saying alcohol was or was not involved . it is nobodies business. i wish the media would just describe the accident and thats all.

    • Merry

      A) It would describe an accident. It would be the condition of the people.
      B) It is people’s business. It raises awareness of being drunk while operating a motorized vehicle.
      C) If you don’t like listening to the real world, shut yourself in a hole and don’t listen to the news then.

      • B Drebs

        hog wash… everyone and their mother knows what the effects of alcohol are. as an adult you have the option to drink or not to. if you’re not a snowmobiler then shut the heck up. the trails can be very dangerous in the daytime. i know that sounds ridiculous, but at night you can see the other sleds headlights approaching. shut up about alcohol, and start showing remorse towards the families and friends of the ones involved

      • Marty M

        B Drebs – you indeed are a moron for making such a comment.
        I ride -30 years w/o an accident. I don’t ride in areas of traffic – the drunks make it totally unsafe. I don’t know which on of you idiots is unable to ride salefly, hence you may take me or anyone else out. So alcohol is an issue, REPORT all the details every time and throw anyone in jail for a DWI / DUI without a second thought. And take their sled and trailer away too and retain /sell it.
        Enough of you morons ruining lives Bud. Fricken enough. Play with your self inside your home if intoxicated but stay OFF the system we fought to create.
        BTW – my brother was killed 27 years ago. By a drunk sledder. So I have ZERO TOLERANCE for you and your kind

  • DR.

    Get real! Most fatal accidents involve alcohol or drugs!

    • Jake

      Ah, NO THEY DON’T. Only about 35-40% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve alcohol, and that doesn’t necessarily mean that someone was legally drunk.

      • WakeUp

        Jake – I bet that less than 10% of all drivers ever are even under the influence – so that makes your ridiculous comment and defense look even more juvenile.
        Wake up or sober up. ;-)

  • Harry

    I was in law enforcement for 30 yrs. An overwhelming number of crashes especially those after 8 P.M.involved one or the other driver being impaired or distracted by something..Sorry folks that is the reality.

  • sugarcop

    i am with Harry as i have been in LE for 20 and he is right on target with his omment. Drugs, Alcohol, texting, sex,and eating round out the top five for accident causesfor my years. So lets call it like it is or the media will get the same grief for not accurately reporting the news……

  • Peggy

    The word “accident’ implies it was nobody’s fault. If someone chooses to become impaired by the use of alcohol or other drugs and then tries to drive any kind of vehicle, that person is responsible for any injuries or fatalities that occur in a crash. That simple fact can’t be rationalized away. Reflexes are slowed judgement is clouded & crashes occur. The end results are violent, unexpected deaths of the innocent and the guilty==== made all the more tragic by the fact that they were preventable. The same is true for inattentive driving.

  • Richard in Minneapolis

    Ther term ‘accident’ DOES NOT imply that it was noboby’s fault, merely that the results were unintended, or as the dictionary defines it: “an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss; casualty; mishap: “

    • Jake

      Well, there are too many ‘accidents’, thanks to our stupid ‘no-fault law’. Should have been thrown in the trash can a long time ago. In addition, we have WAY TOO MANY people driving around without a valid license or insurance. The penalties are not stiff enough.

  • TerryKk

    Folks, according to another news sorce, no alcohol was involved. They collided at the peak of a hill. I just feel so bad for those poor guys’ families. I understand the debate, but the point is one man died and another was seriously injured. Keep them in your thoughts, and be happy you are not one of those who are having such heart break at this moment.

    • onehousewife

      I am a close friend of the deceased and his family. This has been devastating.

  • Lori

    Thank you Terry…I am one of the family members and this is a very difficult time for everyone involved.

    • Sarah


      My heart goes out to you and your family. My husband and I were there on Saturday at the scene as we were out for an afternoon ride. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    • TerryKk

      Please know that you are thought of now, and in the days, months and years to come. Life can change so drastically in the blink of an eye. I am so, SO sorry.

  • Friend

    Please remember that a man was killed in this crash – this is not a place for your personal political agendas. The family will probably read this and is in a lot of pain and doesn’t need to hear your personal opions. Have some respect please.

  • Kate

    I couldn’t even read all of your comments! In this case, alcohol was NOT involved. I live near and ride on the same trail where this “accident” happened. The conditions where this accident happened are not ideal to see an oncoming snowmobile. The fact is, a man died, and another is in critical condition. Both were seasoned snowmobilers and it was an accident!

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