One dead after snowmobile accident

One dead after snowmobile accident

SANDS TOWNSHIP — One person has been pronounced dead in a snowmobile accident in Sands Township this afternoon.

Marquette County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene just before 3:00 p.m. on Trail #8 off County Road 553 just north of Kelly Johnson Memorial Drive. The victim is identified as Melissa Thornhill, 39, of Greenville, Ohio.

Thornhill was traveling south on the trail when she lost control of her sled and left the trail, where she struck a tree. She was thrown from the sled, which continued to travel without her for about 45 feet before coming to a stop. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

Thornhill was wearing a helmet and alcohol is not considered to be a factor. The crash is still under investigation.