2 Ont. snowmobilers killed after crashing into fallen tree

Emergency services responded to a serious accident involving two snowmobile along the Welland Canal...

Emergency services responded to a serious accident involving two snowmobile along the Welland Canal in Thorold, Ont. (Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard/QMI Agency)

Tony Ricciuto, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:31 PM ET

THOROLD, Ont. ─ Two brothers, one from Thorold, Ont., and the other from St. Catharines, Ont., were killed in a double snowmobile crash on Boxing Day, injuries after two snowmobiles crashed into a fallen tree in the southern Ontario town.

The third victim, the girlfriend of one of the brothers, reported to be in her 20s, was airlifted to hospital in Hamilton with injuries to her arms and legs.

Police are not releasing the victims' names at the family's request. The brothers were 25 and 28 years of age.

Police say all riders were wearing legal helmets and that dangerous/careless operation of the snowmobiles "does not appear to be a factor in this collision."

NRP spokesman Derek Watson said the tree might have fallen during the recent ice storm.

The area where the crash took place has some railway tracks and there are no nearby street lights.

tony.ricciuto@sunmedia.ca


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