BUYCK, Minn. (WCCO) — A man is dead after striking a tree and being thrown from his snowmobile Saturday night.

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened about three miles east of County Road 422. Just before 6 p.m., another snowmobiler came up on 35-year-old Melvyn MacDonald, who appeared to have left the trail and crashed into a tree, throwing him from the snowmobile.

Despite the life-saving efforts of other snowmobilers and first responders, MacDonald died at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

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