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Minnesota man killed in snowmobile crash in Bayfield County

A Medford, Minnesota man was killed in a snowmobile crash in Washburn, Wisconsin, according to the Bayfield County Sheriff's Office. Around 1:58 a.m. Saturday, the Bayfield County 911 Communication Center was advised of the crash on Pajala Road n...

A Medford, Minnesota man was killed in a snowmobile crash in Washburn, Wisconsin, according to the Bayfield County Sheriff's Office.

Around 1:58 a.m. Saturday, the Bayfield County 911 Communication Center was advised of the crash on Pajala Road near Forest Road 690 in the town of Washburn.

It was reported that one snowmobile in the group was stopped on Pajala Road when it was rear-ended by another snowmobile operated by John Rathai of Medford. Rathai was severely injured; he was wearing his helmet at the time of the accident. Rathai was transported by Washburn Ambulance to Ashland Memorial Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Responding to this incident was Bayfield County Sheriff's Office, Washburn Police Department, Washburn Area Ambulance and paramedics from the Ashland Fire Department.

Bayfield County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the incident.

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