Fatal snowmobile crashes prompt police warning

Temperatures may have dropped in much of the country, but authorities and seasoned snowmobilers are cautioning that many trails aren't properly frozen.

See Full Article

The warning comes days after fatal snowmobile crashes in Whistler, B.C., and Kings County, N.S.

The B.C. crash happened at about 11 p.m. on Friday, on Blackcomb Mountain.

Tour company Canadian Wilderness Adventures says an Australian man, 65, lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree near the end of his dinner-and-snowmobiling-tour.

"For some reason the client lost control of the snowmobile and it just veered off the trail and powered into the woods," company co-owner Allan Crawford told CTV Vancouver.

The man was pronounced dead on scene and a female passenger, 54, was taken to hospital.

The company says the man did not have any alcohol with his dinner that evening and the RCMP and Coroners Service are both investigating the cause of the crash.

On Saturday, a second fatal crash occurred on the other side of the country.

In this incident, a 29-year-old woman died after crashing into a tree off a groomed trail.

A 35-year-old Ottawa man was also seriously injured in a crash on Friday. He was airlifted to a trauma centre with "multi-system trauma" after he hit an object under the snow and was thrown approximately 30 feet from his vehicle.

Now, snowmobile clubs and police are warning riders to take extra care before they set out on trails.

In Ottawa, the head of the local Rideau Snowmobile Club said winter's late arrival in the city means it's still not safe to ride over waterways.

"There's a lot of water underneath the snow in places," Wayne Averie said. "They're not frozen at all yet."

Club members say, if cold temperatures keep up, they hope the trails will be ready for drivers in two weeks.

The Ontario Provincial Police also released a list of tips to keep snowmobilers safe.

Officers are advising drivers to:

  • Service their sleds and inspect their gear before heading out onto the snow
  • Stay connected with friends, family or emergency contacts and use the buddy system
  • Carry a repair, first aid and survival kit

With files from CTV Vancouver, CTV Atlantic, and CTV Ottawa



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • 5 GOP senators oppose health care bill as written

    World News CTV News
    Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., announces he will vote no on the proposed GOP healthcare bill, at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, in Las Vegas, on Friday, June 23, 2017. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP) Source
  • Hundreds evacuated from London high-rises as Grenfell Tower fire fallout widens

    World News Toronto Sun
    LONDON — The scope of Britain’s fire-safety crisis broadened Saturday as London officials scrambled to evacuate four public housing towers due to concerns about external cladding, fire doors and insulation around gas pipes. Hundreds of residents hastily packed their bags and sought emergency shelter, with many angry and confused about the chaotic situation. Source
  • California governor blocks parole of Charles Manson follower

    World News CTV News
    LOS ANGELES -- California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday night blocked parole for Charles Manson follower and convicted killer Bruce Davis. Brown's rejection issued late Friday night is the fifth time Davis has been recommended for parole by a state panel only to see it blocked by a governor, and continues Brown's unflinching pattern of refusing to allow anyone from Manson's "family" to be freed. Source
  • 5 London tower blocks evacuated over fire safety concerns

    World News CBC News
    Thousands of residents in a sprawling northwest London housing estate were forced to leave their apartments late Friday after fire checks carried out in the wake of the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze found the buildings to be unsafe. Source
  • Colombian rebels release kidnapped Dutch journalists

    World News CTV News
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Two Dutch journalists who were kidnapped earlier this week by leftist rebels in Colombia have been released unharmed, Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders said early Saturday. Koenders said in a statement that Derk Bolt and Eugenio Follender "are doing relatively well under the circumstances. Source
  • 2 Dutch journalists freed unharmed by Colombian rebels

    World News CTV News
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Two Dutch journalists have been freed unharmed after being held captive for almost a week by leftist rebels in Colombia, the Dutch foreign minister said Saturday. One of the journalists said they were treated well but conditions in the jungle are difficult in any case. Source
  • South Korean president calls for North Korean Olympic participation

    World News CBC News
    South Korea President Moon Jae-in said Saturday he hopes to see North Korean athletes at next year's Winter Olympics in South Korea to ease tensions over the North's nuclear program. Moon made the comments during the opening ceremony of the world taekwondo championships in the South Korean town of Muju, where a North Korean delegation led by International Olympic Committee member Chang Ung was also present. Source
  • Turkish authorities ban Istanbul Pride march

    World News CTV News
    ISTANBUL - Turkish authorities have announced they will not allow a march for gay, lesbian and trans rights to take place Sunday. The Istanbul governor's office said Saturday that the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex) Pride would be banned for the safety of participants and tourists, and public order. Source
  • Landslide in China buries at least 120 people

    World News CTV News
    BEIJING -- More than 120 people were buried by a landslide that caused huge rocks and a mass of earth to come crashing into their homes in a mountain village in southwestern China early Saturday, officials said. Source
  • Suicide bomber blows himself up as Saudis foil Mecca plot

    World News CBC News
    A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque in Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of Ramadan ends, Saudi security forces said Saturday. Source