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Driver in fatal snowmobile crash identified

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Wadena, 56482

Wadena Minnesota 314 S. Jefferson, P.O. Box 31 56482

A Barnesville man killed Saturday in a northern Becker County crash involving a single snowmobile has been identified by the Becker County Sheriff's Department.

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Jamie Michael Thompson, 32, was riding with friends on Rat Lake Trail, about 30 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes, when he lost control of his sled and struck a embankment at the intersection of South Tulaby Lake Road, according to the investigating officer, Deputy Luke Sweere.

"He ended up hitting a dirt embankment at the T intersection," Sweere said. Though the exact cause of the accident remains under investigation, he added, preliminary findings indicate alcohol was a factor.

"We know alcohol was involved -- we just don't know to what extent," Sweere said. "We're waiting for the lab results from the state (to determine whether the victim was legally intoxicated)."

Those lab results could take a couple of weeks to arrive, he added.

Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred around 6 p.m. The White Earth Tribal Police Department is assisting the sheriff's department with the investigation, Sweere said.

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