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On Thursday, January 27, 2022, at approximately 10:42 p.m., a 911 call was received regarding a snowmobile crash on Trail 77 between Gile and Hurley.  It was reported the male operator of the snowmobile was unresponsive.  Emergency services immediately responded, according to Sheriff Paul Samardich.

Although the crash was unwitnessed, it appeared that the driver of the snowmobile failed to negotiate a curve, left the trail, and struck a tree.  Speed also appears to be a factor in the crash.

The man, who was 55 years old and from the La Crosse area, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Iron County coroner, Diane Simonich.

An investigation into the crash is continuing.