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Forum News Service, Published February 24 2013

Husband and wife riding separate snowmobiles crash north of Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. - A husband and wife riding separate snowmobiles were injured Saturday in Gnesen Township when he rolled his machine, and she ran into him after inadvertently accelerating instead of braking.

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said Martin Lloyd Schumacher, 36, and Jennifer Marie Schumacher, 35, both of Hanover, Minn., had participated in a vintage snowmobile event on Fish Lake and were riding on a Gnesen Township trail at 12:41 p.m. Martin Schumacher lost control of his snowmobile while taking a left corner and rolled his machine.

Jennifer Schumacher, who was riding behind her husband, saw him lying on the trail as she came around the corner, the news release said. She applied the throttle instead of the brake and crashed into her husband.

Martin Schumacher complained of back and neck injuries, and Jennifer Schumacher suffered an injury to her right leg. Both were treated at the scene by Gnesen First Responders and the St. Louis County Rescue Squad and then taken to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth by Gold Cross ambulance. No report on their conditions was available on Saturday afternoon.

The news release said both of the machines were borrowed and unfamiliar to the Schumachers.