Man seriously injured in snowmobile accident
A 23-year-old Thorsby man was airlifted to hospital in Edmonton with serious injuries after a snowmobile accident south of Bentley.
At about 1 a.m. on Saturday, Sylvan Lake RCMP and emergency workers from Bentley Fire and Associated Ambulance responded to a call about a single-vehicle snowmobile collision in a field east of Range Road 1-1 and north of Township Road 40-0.
A man who had been the lone occupant of a snowmobile was hurt after hitting a snowy ridge along a service road.
Two of his family members, who had been operating other snowmobiles at the time, notified police of the accident.
The victim is believed to have received numerous spinal cord injuries, and was airlifted by STARS air ambulance to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton.
Police believe alcohol was a factor in the accident.
Although not directly involved in the collision, both relatives who were with the injured man were charged with refusing to provide a breath sample to RCMP.
They will appear in Red Deer provincial court on May 3.
No names were released at this time.