Sad news this week after it was reported that a man from West Seneca has died in a fatal snowmobile crash. According to reports out of Lewis County in New York,

On January 20, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office investigated a snowmobiles crash in that killed 49-year-old Derek Hortman of West Seneca, New York.

The report indicates that Hortman's snowmobile left the trail and hit a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Our prayers are with his family and friends.

This news comes just days after a recent accident that claimed another life. WKTV reported that:

According to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, 24-year-old Devin Kemp, of Eaton, was driving a 2019 Polaris east on Trail C4K in the town of Osceola around 7:30 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve and drove off the trail, hitting a tree.

Kemp was pronounced dead at the scene.

The weather has gotten very cold here in the Western New York area after a slight thaw and rain from mid-week. Some trails are closed as a result. Before you head out on a sled in Western New York this weekend, check ahead to make sure that the trail system you intend to ride on is in fact open.

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