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Associated Press, Published March 03 2013

One killed in Wisconsin when snowmobile crests hill, lands on top of oncoming machine

IRON COUNTY, Wis. - A snowmobiler died in Iron County on Saturday when a snowmobile crested a hill on a trail and landed on top of an oncoming machine, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reported.

It was one of two fatal snowmobile accidents Saturday in Wisconsin, bringing the state’s snowmobiling death toll to 18 so far this season.

The DNR reported that the Iron County fatality occurred on a public trail near Mercer. In a news release, Warden Gary Eddy said the two snowmobilers apparently were traveling together, and he said speed appeared to be a factor in the crash. The incident remains under investigation.

A dispatcher with the Iron County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday evening declined to provide any additional information on the crash or the victim, saying more information probably would be available today.

The other snowmobiling fatality on Saturday occurred on Lake Koshkonong in southern Wisconsin.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office said Willie A. Guzman, 47, of Beloit, died after his snowmobile went into the water early Saturday. His riding companion also went into the lake, but he was able get out and walked to shore to seek help. He told authorities they became disoriented because of darkness and fog.

Guzman’s body was found in the water about 300 to 400 yards from shore.