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10 Trailers Fall Through Ice on Lake

January 06, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Nearly a dozen large trailers parked on Big Detroit Lake for a snowmobile race sank into the water when the ice was weakened by mild temperatures.

There were no injuries, but some trailers and the equipment inside were completely submerged in the northwestern Minnesota lake.

"It's a terrible situation, especially for the racers," Fire Chief Jeff Swanson said. "We've got a lot of dollars in the water."

Wally Scheer, director of the World Snowmobile Assn. Pro Ice race, said a driver called him at about 5 a.m. from inside one of the sinking trailers.

Race crews scrambled to move their snowmobiles and other vehicles to dry land, but much of the equipment ended up in the water.

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