UPDATE 11:00 p.m.– KX News heard from a family member of the man injured this afternoon. We are told the breaks malfunctioned on the snowmobile, and the family is unable to identify what exactly caused that to happen.
The family says the driver was unable to get the sled to slow down, and that’s when he decided that he needed to get off of the sled.
They shared, “This is a tragic incident, and I just want to make it clear that this was a malfunction in the sled…never would he ever send himself into the air like that.”
A Minot man is in the hospital after a snowmobile crash Sunday afternoon.
The 49-year-old man was driving a 2001 Yamaha SRX 700 approximately seven miles north of Minot, just a mile east of Hwy 83, at 2:00 p.m.
He was headed south across a farm field, traveling at about 80 MPH. As the snowmobile approached 86th Avenue NE, it continued up the slope of a snow-covered ditch at a high speed.
The driver jumped off of the vehicle before it went airborne. He was found unconscious in the ditch by others who were riding with him.
The Minot man was taken to Trinity Hospital by Community Ambulance. Ward County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted at the scene.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash. The driver was wearing a helmet.
The crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.