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Old 01-06-2013, 07:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Eastern Iowa authorities are investigating a fatal snowmobile accident that happened late Friday night.
The crash happened around 11.30 p.m. near the town of Coggon.
The Linn County sheriff’s office says the snowmobile driver struck a field fence in the ditch.
The driver was thrown from the snowmobile and died.
Authorities aren’t releasing the man’s identity at this stage in keeping with the family’s wishes.
Another man riding alongside the victim also struck the fence but only suffered minor injuries.
This was the third snowmobile accident in Linn County in two weeks.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A quick response to this accident on KCRG, good PR for snowmobilers but still a tragedy.
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Second death in 2 weeks...sad stuff..
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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sounds like possible number 3.
sled and semi near amamosa.. hope things come out ok

.. Prayers go out to all the families
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You are correct. Sadly there was a snowmobile vs. semi truck last night on hwy 151

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There were four deaths a week ago in ME alone. Every time I turn the key, I know that there are inherent risks with this sport. I try to remember that along every foot of trail that I ride. It breaks my heart when things like this happen - especially the ones that could have been prevented.
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The 2 sleds that hit the fence were riding off trail and in the farmers field, that is another reason to stay on the trail! If they were in the ditch where the trail was there would have been no problem, but people seem to always stray off and into the fields alot of times then tradgety strikes, damn shame this could have been avoided. Lets all stick to the trails and have some fun and pay attention!!!!!!!
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, that is another reason to stay on the trail! If they were in the ditch where the trail was there would have been no problem, but people seem to always stray off and into the fields alot of times then tradgety strikes, damn shame this could have been avoided. Lets all stick to the trails and have some fun and pay attention!!!!!!!
Good reason for farmers to get on the trail system. If that farmer is not it could be a liability issue for him. That is what I was told at a meeting.
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Good reason for farmers to get on the trail system. If that farmer is not it could be a liability issue for him. That is what I was told at a meeting.
So let me get this straight. If I have a farm and I'm not on the trail system and someone trespasses on my land and runs into a fence its a liability issue for me? What kind of meeting did you hear that one at?
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So let me get this straight. If I have a farm and I'm not on the trail system and someone trespasses on my land and runs into a fence its a liability issue for me? What kind of meeting did you hear that one at?
If the trail runs by your property, you have a responsibility to mitigate risk from trespassers coming onto your property and getting hurt. You might have to install heavy duty fencing all along your property, for example, to ensure that the riders don't have an easy way onto your land. If you fail to do this, then yes, you could be held liable.

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