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Fatal snowmobile accident in Hubbard County

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A 30-year-old Albany man died in a snowmobile accident east of Nevis Saturday night.

The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office received a report at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3 of a snowmobile accident on the Heartland Trail, approximately 1.5 miles east of Nevis.

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According to the Sheriff's Office, Justin Gutzwiller, 30, of Albany, was driving a snowmobile eastbound on the Heartland Trail. His snowmobile collided with a tree on the north side of the trail. Gutzwiller was ejected from the machine at the time of the accident. Emergency responders arrived on scene and attempted live-saving measures but these were unsuccessful and Gutzwiller was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gutzwiller was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. According to the Sheriff's Office, it is unknown at this time if the crash was alcohol related. This case remains under investigation.

The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, Nevis First Response, North Memorial Ambulance, and North Memorial Air Care all responded to the scene.

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