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      Troopers investigate deadly Chippewa County snowmobile crash

      An investigation is underway following a snowmobile crash that claimed the life of a 61 year old man.

      An investigation is underway following a snowmobile crash that claimed the life of a 61 year old man. The crash occurred Saturday evening along East 8 Mile Road near M-129 in Bruce Township of Chippewa County.

      According to troopers, 4 snowmobilers were driving down the road along a trail. The groomed portion of the trail ended with a large pile of snow. When the snowmobile driven by 61 year old Ronald Kelly of Ontario hit the pile of snow, he was the thrown from his machine and hit a tree. Kelly was taken to the hospital where he later died.

      Troopers say that alcohol and speed may have been factors in the accident, but continue to search for answers.