Canadian man dies in northern Minnesota snowmobile crash

Authorities believe alcohol and speed were factors in the accident.
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A man from Canada was killed Saturday afternoon during a snowmobile ride with his friends near the town of Buyck, Minnesota.

Melvyn MacDonald, 35, was thrown from his snowmobile after the vehicle left the trail and struck a tree, according to a news release from the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office.

The crash seems to have happened "on a straight part of the trail just after a curve," and was discovered by another member of MacDonald's snowmobile party.

"Despite the extensive efforts of other snowmobilers passing by, first responders, and other medical personnel, MacDonald died at the scene," the release says.

While the crash is under investigation, "initial indications" point to "speed and alcohol" as factors.

MacDonald was from Fort Francis in Ontario, Canada. 

This is the second snowmobile fatality in Minnesota so far this year, according to DNR records.

The first happened last month in Martin County, when a 51-year-old male rider struck an embankment and was thrown from his snowmobile. 

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