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Snowmobile deaths have doubled this winter over last year


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Twice as many fatal snowmobile accidents have been recorded this winter, when compared to last year, but the figure of 19 is still close to the five-year average.

Ice-related deaths by drowning or hypothermia are up to 5, while that average is about 2.

State officials say more than 200,000 registered snowmobiles travel Wisconsin’s 25,000 miles of groomed trails each winter.

Last year’s record low number of fatalities were due mostly to bad weather conditions for riding snowmobiles.

Five deaths this year have been due to ice and open water. The DNR fears that number could go up as spring approaches.