Separate Pierce County snowmobile crashes injure 2Two Pierce County snowmobile crashes less than three hours apart overnight Saturday left two people injured.
By: Mike Longaecker, The Republican Eagle
Two Pierce County snowmobile crashes less than three hours apart overnight Saturday left two people injured.
Pierce County Sheriff’s Office deputies said the first crash occurred at 9:20 p.m. Saturday on a trail near County Road U – about a half-mile from Plum City.
According to initial reports, Hager City resident Troy Minder was driving a snowmobile when it lost control, left the trail and landed in Plum Creek. Deputies said a friend who was also snowmobiling pulled Minder from the creek and brought him to the roadside, where he was treated by Plum City and Ellsworth emergency workers.
Minder was transported to Fairview Red Wing Medical Center with unknown injuries.
The other crash occurred at 12:15 a.m. Sunday just east of Ellsworth on a trail near 490th Avenue and County Road C.
Emergency workers treated Mathias Reis, Prescott, for serious leg injuries. Officers said Reis fell of a snowmobile he was driving while negotiating a curve.
Reis was airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he was listed Sunday afternoon in fair condition.
Assisting deputies at the scene of that crash were Ellsworth firefighters, Ellsworth ambulance and the sheriff’s snowmobile patrol.