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Channahon man dies after snowmobile crash

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST
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Illinois Conservation Police investigate a fatal snowmobile accident Thursday. A Channahon man died Wednesday night after he struck a tree sticking up from the ice of the I&M Canal near Rockdale.

ROCKDALE – A Channahon man died Wednesday night after his snowmobile struck a tree.

Gregory J. Mosher, 29, was following a friend on another sled around 10 p.m. when they were riding on the I&M Canal a half-mile west of Brandon Road, according to Rockdale Police Chief Robert Dykstra.

“The friend told us they had just made some repairs on the snowmobile and were taking it on a very brief test run,” Dykstra said.

While the other man rode on the trail, Mosher rode onto the ice where a tree that had fallen into the canal was sticking out of the water about four feet, Dykstra said.

“He hit it with the right side of the sled and was ejected. He and the snowmobile went traveling about 40 feet in opposite directions,” Dykstra said.

Mosher’s friend called 911 with his cellphone and an ambulance took him to Saint Joseph Medical Center. Mosher was pronounced dead in the emergency room at 11:08 p.m.

Dykstra said the Illinois Conservation Police will investigate the accident. Snowmobiling is allowed on the canal trails.

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