Snowmobile Accident with injuries

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St. Louis County Sheriff's Office News Release

Incident Date: March 19, 2017

Incident Time: 2:49 P.M.

Incident Location:  Shagawa Lake, Ely, MN

INDIVIDUAL(S) INVOLVED: (Refer to News Media Policy-Rules III A. I Thru 4: Procedures B.1, A thru J & 1; 2b; 3b; g & h; 4a, b, & c)

Name:  Christopher P. Yarger



Age: 48



Address: Ely, MN



Incident Summary:

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office and Ely Police Department were dispatched to a snowmobile crash on Shagawa Lake near the 400 Block of Shagawa Road North in Ely, MN.  The male driver was transported by ambulance to Ely Hospital, before being flown by Lifelink Air Ambulance to Essentia Health St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth.  The male is in Critical condition with life-threatening injuries.  The man's name is being withheld pending notification of family.  The accident is still under investigation by the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office.  Speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors in the accident. 


The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office encourages safe and responsible driving of any motorized vehicle.   

Assisting Agencies

Ely Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, St. Louis County Rescue Squad, Ely First Responders, Ely Fire Department and Lifelink Air Ambulance. 

Authority:     Sgt. Steve Borchers       Date:   3/19/2017           Time:  1930

Additional Information or Update:

The driver involved in the snowmobile accident has been identified as Christopher P. Yarger, 48 years old, from Ely, MN.   Despite the best medical efforts, Yarger died yesterday evening from the injuries he sustained in the accident. 

Authority:    Sgt. Steve Borchers        Date:    3/20/2017          Time:  2015