Sunday, 1 March 2015

It's sledding season –hold on to your hats: snowmobile incidents 2015

Noelville man dies in snowmobile crash 

Provincial police say Jeffery Pockele (40) was driving a snow machine on an Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs trail off of Prevost Road in Noelville when he lost control and was thrown from the machine. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police said speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash. The investigation into the crash continues.

Quebec snowmobile deaths at 7-year high
On Saturday, a 42-year-old man died in hospital after his snowmobile ... young man in St-Zénon · ​Alma snowmobile crash leaves 1 dead, 3 injured ...

OPP News Briefs: Snowmobile crash in Tiny Township

(February 28 GEORGIAN BAY) Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched at 10:20am February 27, 2015 to a report of a single snowmobile crash on the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) # 304 trail.

Ottawa Mayor not immune

I don't know why these things happen. What a shame. He's a busy, engaged mayor. These machines can be deadly. Feb. 28th
Mayor Jim Watson suffered a pelvic fracture while participating in a community...

Peterborough Examiner

County man killed in snowmobile crash
A 36-year-old Peterborough County man was killed in a collision between a snowmobile ... The woman was transported to hospital as a precaution.

Osgoode man dead after snowmobile crash

Mon., Feb. 16th 2015

Slow down, people.
Somebody out there loves you.
 An Osgoode, Ontario man is dead after a snowmobile crash on a trail crossing the Garrison Petawawa Canadian Forces base northwest of Petawawa.

OFSC Trail Viewer

  • Feb. 10, 015
    Another sledder loses her life. She leaves two young kids.
    Deidre “Dee” Urso (Paulin), 27, died after the snowmobile on which she was riding in the Byng Inlet area crashed into a steel pole used to secure docking systems in the summer.

    Two Snowmobile Death Last Saturday Night

    A snowmobile driver in his 30s drowned Saturday night, Jan. 31st, in the Ottawa River near Vaudreuil-Dorion, in the Montérégie.

     Another (age 48), in Estrie, Quebec, lost control Saturday night at midnight- taking a turn too fast and losing control.

    Manitoba man killed in snowmobile crash 

     A 34-year-old Lorette man was killed when he crashed his snowmobile into an embankment at 1:30 a.m.. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2015.

    In Saskatchewan, two teens (15 and 19) were drinking and smashed into one another:

    1. Sledders collect donations for families of teens killed in snowmobile ... 18, 2015Share
      “The people that are getting into accidents and fatalities aren't enrolling in the safety course, and we also know from statistics that the leading ...

    Sledding season from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
    The rivers, on the straight and narrow, are great for skating and sledding. Someone in this community clears it off! This is near Richmond.
    Someone went through the ice, on the Ottawa River, though. I'd be paranoid.


    Hilary said...

    You have to wonder how much drink might have been involved in these sad incidents.

    There are a lot of snowmobilers here on the lake. My neighbour heads up a club which emphasizes safety. I have little interest in the sport though I wouldn't mind trying it once.. just to say that I have.

    William Kendall said...

    I'd be very cautious about rivers. I don't even cross the Rideau River in town, even though you can see people do. Unlike the Canal, that water current isn't harnessed.

    Powell River Books said...

    Speaking of sledding the old fashioned way, I heard somewhere on the news that some towns are not allowing sledding on public property because of accidents that have led to law suits. I can understand their fear of that, but how restrictive. - Margy

    Red said...

    These sleds are overpowered and have speeds that are far to fast for the sledder's brains.

    Yamini MacLean said...

    Hari OM
    With power behind them one can 'get' that such accidents will occur... we had a death two weeks ago of a young teacher who was out on a traditional 'push-me-doon-the-hill' sled; not even a big hill at that; in a Glasgow park. Tumbled off, hit her head. Fiance left grieving... now there are all sorts of petitions for there to be a law about wearing helmets for this traditional winter activity. Sigh...YAM xx

    Kay said...

    This must be more of a Canadian thing. I haven't heard much about it in Illinois. And well... certainly not in Hawaii.