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Forum News Service, Published February 17 2013

Sled dog team collides with truck during race; one dog killed

DULUTH, Minn. - One dog was killed and two others injured early Sunday when a sled dog team collided with a truck at a road crossing while competing in a race in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

According to the Michigan State Police, the collision occurred at about 5:40 a.m. during the running of the annual U.P. 200 race from Marquette to Grand Marais, Mich., and back. It happened at the Wetmore, Mich., checkpoint as teams were heading back to Marquette. Wetmore is a few miles south of Munising in the central U.P.

Police said the sled dog team "inadvertently crossed (state Highway) 28" in front of an eastbound pickup truck. The driver of the truck had slowed down prior to the crash but was unable to avoid striking the team. Police said the driver of the truck was not cited.

The musher, who has not yet been officially identified, and the driver of the truck were not injured. Race officials said the injured dogs were being treated by the race's veterinary team.

A race official told the Mining Journal of Marquette that volunteers at the checkpoint tried to stop the team before the accident, and said officials are not allowed to stop traffic on the highway.