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DNR reports snowmobile death rate highest in 3 years


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin snowmobile deaths are at their highest in three years.

Two more riders were killed over the weekend, bringing the total to 18 for this snowy winter.

Only 10 were snowmobilers died during last season’s mild winter. And 17 riders were killed two years ago. That makes this winter the deadliest since 2010, when 21 people lost their lives in snowmobile crashes.

The latest victim died Saturday on a public trail near Mercer in far northern Wisconsin. The state DNR said one machine crested a hill, and landed on top of an oncoming snowmobile. Other details were not immediately available.

The other fatal crash was in Rock County in far southern Wisconsin. Authorities said 47-year-old Willie Guzman of Beloit drove his machine into a patch of open water on Lake Koshkonong. A companion also fell in, but was able to walk to the shore and seek help.