Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Woman life flighted to Duluth after snowmobile accident on Soo Line Trail


March 21, 2019

Provided by Steve Trenhaile

Paramedics load the injured woman into a helicopter to be transported to Duluth for treatment.

According to a fire department spokesperson, Lt. Steve Tranhaile, the Moose Lake Fire Department responded to a snowmobile accident on the Soo Line Trail on Saturday, March 16, at 3:30 p.m. A female victim was transported to the ambulance by the department's ATV, and then brought to the helicopter and flown to a hospital in Duluth.

The accident took place two miles east of While Popular Road in Pine County on the Soo Line Trail. The department transported EMT's from the Mercy ambulance to the scene on the ATV.

Trail conditions were slushy, causing one snowmobiler to stop. Another snowmobile that was following crashed into the first one, causing the rider in the first one to be ejected from her sled. The first rider suffered serious injuries to her extremities.

The name of the victim and hometown is not known.

Extraction of the victim from the accident site was difficult due to the heavy wet slush. Several passing snowmobilers stopped to assist and aided in carrying the victim several yards to the department's ATV.

A Lifelink helicopter was called and landed on County Road 134E. It could not land closer to the accident site due to obstructions.

The victim was brought off of the trail, loaded into the ambulance and transported to the helicopter to be taken to a hospital in Duluth.

"It was a great rescue effort by multiple agencies responding," said Trenhaile in an email. "The rescue was accomplished by Moose Lake Fire Department Rescue, Mercy Ambulance, MN DNR enforcement of Carlton, sheriff's deputies and Lifelink as well as other snowmobilers."


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