Yellowhead RCMP investigate fatal snowmobile collision

Shoal Lake, Manitoba – On February 20, 2020, at approximately 7:15 pm, RCMP responded to a report of two snowmobiles involved in a collision on the side of Highway 45 near Road 126 W, west of Elphinstone.

The investigation has determined that both drivers were travelling side by side in a field, went over a steep embankment and collided with the ground, causing significant injuries.

Snowmobile Fatality
Snowmobile Fatality

A 44-year-old male from Strathclair, and a 20-year-old male from the RM of Yellowhead, were both taken to hospital with serious injuries.

On February 24, the 20-year-old male succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

Yellowhead RCMP continue to investigate.

In the past week, RCMP officers have responded to three serious collisions, two involving fatalities.

The RCMP would like to remind everyone to take precautions when riding a snowmobile, please remember to;

Ride sober

Always wear a helmet, and protective clothing

Know your abilities and ride within your limits

Be alert and slow down when operating on unfamiliar terrain

Always ride in groups and ensure people know your route and when you are expected to return

Be cautious of ice thickness when crossing frozen bodies of water

Stay on the trails and in areas where snowmobiling is permitted

Yellowhead RCMP

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