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At least three killed in weekend snowmobile crashes

CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI (WTAQ) - At least three people were killed in Wisconsin snowmobile crashes this weekend, including a firefighter from the western part of the state.

As of mid-morning, 20-year-old Brandon Semingson of Eleva was the only victim who was publicly identified. Chippewa County authorities said he was riding with three others when his machine left a trail and hit a tree on Friday night near Chippewa Falls in the town of Wheaton.

Semingson was a member of the Eleva Fire Department. State DNR investigators said high speed was a factor.

Also, a 56-year-old man was killed Saturday night in Sawyer County. The DNR said his machine was going fast when it went airborne and crashed onto Spider Lake. Investigators said alcohol and the high speed were possible factors.

A 51-year-old man was killed late Sunday afternoon on a Bayfield County snowmobile trail. Officials said the man's machine struck a tree just before getting to a curve -- and speed and alcohol were possible factors.

At least 21 people have now died in Wisconsin snowmobile crashes this winter.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)