Minnesota Man Dies In Snowmobiling Accident On Togwotee Pass

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By Tom Ninneman, Cowboy State Daily

A 24-year-old Minnesota man died Wednesday after the snowmobile he was riding rolled over on top of him as he was traversing a side hill on Togwotee Pass. 

According to Chief Search and Rescue Advisor Cody Lockhart, the man was in a group of snowmobilers who were traveling off-trail when the accident occurred. 

The search and rescue team responded shortly before 10:30 am with its helicopter and a ground team, and the Life Flight helicopter out of Idaho responded as well since the initial call indicated injuries were serious. 

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue identified the victim as Jonah Kletch, of Barnesville, Minnesota. Lockhart said the call to the Togwotee incident came just as the team was finishing a short-haul rescue at The Claw on Teton Pass.

In that rescue, a Teton County man described as being in his 20s had gone over a cliff and sustained injuries that were not life-threatening. 

Lockhart said this has already been a busy week with one rescue Monday, three Tuesday and the one yesterday plus the recovery of the deceased man from Togwotee Pass.

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