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Florida man dies after crashing snowmobile in Uinta Mountains

By Carter Williams, | Posted - Mar 8th, 2018 @ 2:53pm

MILL CITY CREEK, Summit County — A Florida man died after crashing his snowmobile in a remote area of the Uinta Mountains south of the Utah-Wyoming border Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Lee Cornwell, 38, of New Port Richey, Florida, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Summit County Sheriff's Lt. Andrew Wright.

Emergency crews from Summit County, Uinta County, Wyoming, and a medical helicopter responded to a report of a snowmobile crash near Mill City Creek, located in the mountains south of Evanston, Wyoming, and east of Oakley, Utah, at approximately 12:40 p.m., Wright said.

Wright said Cornwell was on a snowmobiling trip with two friends from North Carolina when he went up a hill unaware it had a steep drop on the other side. The man went up the hill and fell about 20 feet, hitting his chest on the snowmobile's handlebars.

Cornwell's friends and another snowmobiling group nearby were able to call for help and perform CPR on Cornwell before first responders arrived. Wright said CPR was performed on the man for more than an hour before he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation but inexperience with the terrain and the snowmobile may have factored in the crash, Wright said.

"It just appears to be a tragic accident just not knowing what the terrain was and unfortunately resulted in this fatal crash," he said.

Though the crash happened in Utah, Uinta County emergency crews responded because of a joint agreement between Summit County and Uinta County during the winter, Wright said. He said it's because many of the roads in Summit County are closed during the winter and emergency crews have to go through Wyoming to get to many locations in the Uinta Mountains.

Carter Williams

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