Iron County Sheriff’s Office continues its investigation into the snowmobile accident on Saturday involving Jeffery Masley, 43, of Elk River, Minn., who was traveling on Trail 113 and had just entered the city of Crystal Falls. (Iron County Sheriff’s Office photo)
CRYSTAL FALLS—The Iron County Sheriff’s Office investigated three snowmobile crashes on Saturday, Feb. 4.
At approximately 1:05 p.m. during the snowmobile hill climb event in Caspian, a competitor was attempting to climb the hill when the throttle stuck open on the snowmobile he was operating.
The operator fell from the snowmobile, which careened into spectators. Two individuals sustained leg injuries and were taken by ambulance to the NorthStar Health System in Iron River.
A tether device designed to shut the snowmobile off when the operator fell from the machine failed due to becoming detached from the operator.
Sheriff’s deputies, snowmobile patrol and Search and Rescue were on scene for the event and assisted investigators at the scene of the incident.
At approximately 1:40 p.m., a snowmobile operated by Chris List, 39, of Iron Mountain, was traveling on the Michigamme Reservoir when he struck an embankment, causing a crash.
List was taken by Star Ambulance to the Dickinson County Hospital to receive treatment for non-life threatening injuries.
At approximately 6:01 p.m., a snowmobile operated by Jeffery Masley, 43, of Elk River, Minn., was traveling north on trail 113, having just entered the city of Crystal Falls.
Masley failed to negotiate a curve and crashed into trees. Masley was removed from the scene by deputies and firemen from the Crystal Falls Fire Department.
Masley was transported by ambulance to the NorthStar Health System in Iron River.
Intoxicants are believed to be a contributing factor to the crash.
Iron County Search and Rescue also assisted at the scene. This incident remains under investigation by deputies.