Wis. Snowmobiler Dies After Crash Into Barbed Wire

SHELL LAKE, Wis. (WCCO) — A 24-year-old snowmobiler died after running into a barbed-wire fence and trees in Wisconsin’s Washburn County.

According to the county sheriff’s office, Ryan Anderson, of Sarona, Wis., was riding on Devils Lake Road on Sunday afternoon when he missed a corner and crashed into the fence as well as some trees.

Anderson died in an ambulance while en route to the Shell Lake Hospital.

A 6-year-old girl who was also on the snowmobile when it crashed was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, Minn. She was reported in stable condition.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is continuing to investigate the crash.

  • Hot dang this bad

    Nasty …. wire and fences and trees all been known to be hazards. A sleds not much different than a car – speed sometimes kills.

  • John

    Very sad my heart goes out to the family

  • C'mon

    Obviously was not riding safely, which I have been guilty of before, but when you have a 6 year old passenger you use better judgement, hope she recovers.

  • Billy Bob

    as sad as one fatality is at least it wasn’t two

  • Ellaj

    unfortunately the whole story is not always told and people are mislead—it was an accident–he was not riding fast and his quick action saved her life—unfortunately i never once saw this story on any of the local tv stations—they are all too busy with cutsie fluffy news

    • Clown

      It’s not possible to ride safe and miss a corner, hop a sled and you’ll see that, he killed himself and he’s lucky he didn;t kill a 6 year old.

  • Murph

    Machines are great until they’re not! In all weigh the expense,the hazards and your health before buying anything? Woods walking is better! It’s a shame that accidents like this one happen ! May the little one recover and the family find peace and solace!

  • sledder

    My prayers for the family, hope the little girl is ok. Like a lot of things snowmobiling can be dangerous no matter how careful you are. My dad hit a barbed wire fence back in his “younger days”. Got him right across the neck, thankfully his guardian angel was on duty that night.

  • allan

    my wife suffered a massive heart attack while riding snowmobile!!!! guess what???? the sled ran off the trail into the brush. i could not revive her,nor could the parimdics the news was WOMEN DIES IN SNOWMOBILE ACCIDENT. it put a stain on her memery. the new only reports half of the story. WOMEN DIES OF HEART ATTACK, is not news…

  • really come on man!

    snow! don’t you need snow???

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