Snowmobile crash kills Lombard man in Michigan's 'UP'

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 5:38 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 3:15 a.m. CDT

LOMBARD – A 50-year-old Lombard man was killed Sunday evening when the snowmobile he was driving collided with another snowmobile in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, according to Michigan State Police.

Jeffrey Vandeneykel and another man were riding snowmobiles on a trail about 8:15 p.m. EST Sunday in Baraga County's Duncan Township when a deer ran out onto the trail, said Sgt. James Revoyr of the Michigan State Police Calumet Post. The men, trying to avoid the animal, turned and crashed into one another, Revoyr said.

The men were taken to Baraga County General Hospital, where Vandeneykel was pronounced dead, Revoyr said. The other man was treated for nonfatal injuries.

The trail where the incident took place is in the Ottawa National Forest, which covers 993,000 acres in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

There are roughly 450 miles of groomed snowmobile trails within the national forest, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Typically, snowmobile season runs 16 weeks, from December through March.

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