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Teenage boy killed in snowmobile crash

Police believe speed, driver inexperience possible factors

The OPP say a 16-year-old boy has been killed in an early morning snowmobile crash near Elmvale.

Police were called around 4:30 a.m. to a section of the OFSC trail 301 just north of the Tiny Flos Township Townline.

The teenage boy from Mapleton Township in the County of Wellington was riding a sled when it left the trail and struck a tree.

OPP Const. David Hobson says the victim was among a group of four friends when the crash occurred. 

"Investigators are citing possible contributing factors to this as speed and driver inexperience," said Hobson. "An autopsy will be conducted."

Last year, snowmobile deaths reached a fourteen year high.

There were twenty-six snowmobile deaths in Ontario, the highest number since the 2003-2004 season. In February alone, seventeen people died.

With the season just underway, the OPP is reminding riders to be safe. 

"Sledders need to obey posted OFSC rules which also include posted speed limits. Drive within their abilities and to trail conditions, including darkness. Sledders need to ensure their equipment is working properly and engaged," said Hobson.



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