New Brunswick man dead following snowmobile crash

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A 46-year-old man from Lyttleton is dead following a snowmobile crash near Kennedy Lakes, N.B.

On February 24th, shortly after 8 p.m., the West District RCMP received a call for a snowmobile crash approximately 40 kilometres into the Sentier NB Trail system off the Renous Highway (Highway 108) between Plaster Rock and Miramichi. The man had been with a group of snowmobilers on the trail when he became separated from the group and struck a tree. He was the only person on the snowmobile at the time of the collision.

Members of the West District RCMP attended the scene along with representatives from New Brunswick Public Safety Motor Vehicle Safety Enforcement Section, and a Royal Canadian Air Force Search and Rescue Squadron Cormorant helicopter based in Greenwood, N.S., coordinated by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) in Halifax. The RCMP also received assistance from the Blackville Fire Department and Coroner Services.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the exact cause of death. The investigation is continuing.