A rural Audubon man was injured Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 22, when he was snowmobiling, went over an embankment, and was hit by a snowmobile that was following him.
Jeffrey Gillespie, 35, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Essentia hospital by EMS, according to the Becker County Sheriff’s Office.
His son, Landen Gillespie, 15, was driving the second snowmobile and was not injured.
The two were snowmobiling northbound in a ditch on 190th Avenue, northwest of Audubon, when the crash occurred. The teen knew something was wrong, but didn’t have time to react: He lost visibility and tried to slow down, but the sled went airborne and ended up landing on top of his father.
Both were wearing helmets and, immediately after the accident, Gillespie was talking and otherwise responsive to emergency responders, which included the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, Audubon Rescue, Lake Park Rescue, the Minnesota State Patrol and Essentia-St. Mary’s EMS, according to the call log.
The snowmobiles involved in the crash were a 2012 Arctic Cat and a 2013 Arctic Cat. It’s not clear who was driving which snowmobile.
The accident was reported at 4:26 p.m. at 24479 190th Ave., according to the Becker County Sheriff’s Office call log. That’s about a half-mile south of County Highway 12. Rescue workers were on the scene for about 90 minutes.
A separate snowmobile accident was reported about an hour earlier on 270th Avenue south of Little Detroit Lake, near the intersection with 130th Street, in the Abbey Lake area. James Granger of Detroit Lakes reported that his wife, Carol, 64, had been injured in a single-snowmobile accident. No other information was immediately available from the sheriff’s office.
The Becker County Sheriff’s Office and St. Mary’s EMS responded to that crash at about 3:30 p.m. and were on the scene for over an hour, according to the call log.