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Man Killed, Others Hurt in Snowmobile Accidents

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A 51-year-old Rochester, Indiana, man was killed and at least five others were injured in separate snowmobile accidents in the state over the weekend, including northwest Indiana . Indiana Conservation Officers say the man who was killed crashed his snowmobile while operating on the ice on Lake Manitou in Fulton County. Investigating officer Jon Cook said there were no witnesses, but it's believed he was approaching the shoreline and turned too sharply which threw him from the snowmobile. Friends found Downs pinned under his snowmobile Sunday morning, and coroners officials say he died of blunt force trauma to his chest and torso. 
Indiana Conservation Officers say an early morning snowmobile accident injured three people just outside of Westville, near State Road 2, early Saturday. Officials say three friends ages 22, 20 and 18, from LaPorte County were operating snowmobiles on unfamiliar private property, and the ongoing investigation initially estimates that the operators were launched as far as 45 feet from the ditch while their snowmobiles rolled several times. Officers say they were all wearing helmets, which helped lessen the extent of injuries. 
Conservation officers say in Goshen a 41-year-old Goshen man suffered rib fractures and internal injuries Sunday afternoon after his snowmobile went into a snowbank with enough speed to cause it to go airborne, and when it hit the ground his chest hit the handlebars. 
Downstate near Dover, Indiana Conservation Officers say a 34-year-old Cincinnati woman suffered neck injuries after losing control of a snowmobile while maneuvering down a slope and struck a concrete bridge. Officials say the snowmobile rolled over and pinned her underneath it.

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