Crash marks season's 13th snowmobile-related death in Ontario

OPP cruiser. (QMI Agency file photo)

OPP cruiser. (QMI Agency file photo)

Eric Bunnell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:56 PM ET

ST. THOMAS, Ont. — A 53-year-old St. Thomas, Ont. woman is the 13th person to be killed in a snowmobile accident this season in OPP-patrolled Ontario.

Vickie Kernohan was killed Sunday afternoon when her machine veered off a groomed Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs trail south of Listowel, Ont., and slammed into a tree.

Kernohan is the second snowmobile operator to be killed this season on an OFSC trail but OPP say the network of trails which criss-crosses rural Ontario remains the preferred place for snowmobiling.

“Obviously, it’s safer to be on trails and that’s what we’re encouraging people to do,” Sgt. Lise Grenier,

Most of the 11 other deaths investigated by OPP occurred on public roads and all involved speed. One also involved alcohol.

“Snowmobilers have to slow down - and abide by rules of the road,” Grenier said.


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