MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 28-year-old man from St. Charles was killed Friday afternoon in a snowmobile accident in Buffalo County, Wis., authorities said.

The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Offce said speed and alcohol are believed to be a factor in the crash that killed Joseph S. Gillett. The accident happened at about 3:20 p.m. Friday in Milton Township, which is just north and east of Winona across the Wisconsin border.

When authorities arrived to the scene, they found Gillett had been ejected from his snowmobile after striking a cable strung between two fence posts on private property. He was unresponsive at the scene, and authorities transported him to Winona Community Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The crash is still under investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Comments (11)
  1. snow says:

    Holy cow…there’s snow in Wisconsin

  2. Sullivan says:

    I think you meant Buffalo County….. Burnett is quite a bit further up north.

    1. Dynamo says:

      They said Buffalo Co. in there story.

  3. Novaman says:

    Sounds like a massive lawsuit to me.

    1. larry the cable guy says:

      Dang right, who’s gonna pay for my damages….get-r-done

    2. insignificant says:

      nope…law protects land owners from injuries to people recreatinbg on their land,but tis also sounds like tresspass

  4. Murph says:

    Many people cable their driveways in winter,forcing burglars to carry their loot out! The guy probably took a wrong turn due to consumption and the joy of finally having some snow! Unlucky break,but this stuff happens. Also many people put bear traps under windows and trail cams facing doorways.In the old days,trip guns were more effective.A lot of old bones out there under the trees folks! Just the way it is and was! What happens in the woods,stays in the woods!

    1. Michael Alan says:

      huh? Damn it if someone is going to steal from me they are going to have to carry it to the van. Burglaries running rampant in WI? I guess if it’s a vacation home, but if I have the money for a vacation home chances are I would drop the grand on an alarm system. They can also trigger phone calls to the local PD for a minimal fee. Cabling a driveway seems a bit bumpkin to me but I’m from the burbs.

      “Just the way it is and was! What happens in the woods,stays in the woods!” – Really? lol.

  5. markHT says:

    Yet another drunken snowmobiler dies in a crash. At least he wasn’t out on a highway where me and my family could have been victims. I am sorry for his family, but I don’t know just how much evidence people need to realize that the greatest threat we all face every day is from drunk or distracted drivers. If a person would drive a snowmobile drunk it’s unlikely they would abstain from operating a vehicle on a roadway in the same condition-we need extremely tough laws (6 months jail/$3,500 fine first offense and make them pay for this expense) if we truly want to send the message that this is a CRIME and not just bad judgment. As a taxpayer, I’m all for this.

  6. see ya later! says:

    People shouldn’t be snowmobiling on private property however using cables to prevent that should be illegal. You can decapitate someone by doing this. A lot of houses are actually on marked trails. But signs up or anything but a cable or wire. Using cable or wires, a snowmobile driver cannot see it and stop in time.

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