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Mackinac County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a fatal snowmobile accident which occurred approximately a quarter mile west of Borgstrom Road in Hudson Township, Mackinac County. The snowmobile driver was later identified as Norman James Bass, 77, from Goodrich, MI.

Deputies were called to the scene at approximately 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 1 for a single vehicle snowmobile accident with injury south of US-2 and near the shore of Lake Michigan. Bass was operating an unfamiliar snowmobile, and this may have been a contributing factor. Alcohol and speed are not considered to be contributing to the cause of the accident.

Bass missed a turn and struck a tree, according to the report. He was taken  to Helen Newberry Joy Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Deputies were assisted by the Hendricks Township, Hudson Township, and Luce County EMS.

No further information will be released at this time.