Snowmobiler dies near Carmacks

Snowmobiler dies near Carmacks A Carmacks snowmobiler has died after he crashed Saturday near Mandanna Lake.

A Carmacks snowmobiler has died after he crashed Saturday near Mandanna Lake.

Jason Wheeler, 37, was one of two snowmobilers travelling back to a cabin on separate machines after exploring the lake 50 kilometres southeast of Carmacks.

Carmacks RCMP said Wheeler was attempting to climb a hill off the lake around 6 p.m. when the machine rolled on top of him.

“The snowmobile did not make it to the top of the hill and rolled over on top of the rider. The man was pinned under the snowmobile as it slid down the rough and rocky slope,” RCMP said in a statement.

Friends tried to help, but Wheeler died at the scene.

He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

An autopsy has not been ordered but police say toxicology tests are being done to determine if alcohol or drugs played a role.

“The RCMP remind the public that pursuant to the Yukon Motor Vehicle Act the wearing of helmets is required while snowmobiling,” the statement says.

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