Snowmobiler killed at Sun Peaks competition

A 28-year-old man was killed in an accident at a snowmobile competition in Sun Peaks on the weekend.

Police said the rider was seriously hurt during competition on Saturday and was airlifted off the mountain but died of his injuries.

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The organizers of the event, the Western Canadian Hillclimb Association, issued a statement on Tuesday, noting the remainder of the competition was cancelled following the fatality.

“The WCHA is working with the RCMP and [Sun Peaks] resort staff on their investigation into the event and will bring you more information as it becomes known to us,” the statement reads.

“This tragedy has affected many people and our hearts go out to the family, friends, fellow riders and all those involved.”

Sun Peaks Resort also sent a prepared statement to KTW, noting resort ski patrol was on scene immediately and provided medical assistance to the injured rider.

“Our hearts go out to the family, friends, event organizers and all those involved,” the statement reads.

“This is a tragic incident and we will do everything we can to assist during this difficult time.”

On the day of the incident, police said the victim was from Alberta, but that has not been confirmed by the association that organized the event.

The investigation is ongoing.

© Kamloops This Week


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