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73-year-old Smithfield man dies in snowmobiling accident


FRANKLIN COUNTY, Idaho — A 73-year-old Smithfield man died from injuries sustained in a snowmobiling accident in the Lake Gibson area early Saturday afternoon.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Dennis R. Thompson.

Family members told sheriff's deputites that Thompson had climbed a very steep hill on his snowmobile. Once he reached a ridge, he continued over the top. It appears the snowmobile went off a steep drop-off, struck some trees and came to rest approximately 60 feet below the ridge, press release said.

Family members who were with Thompson immediately started CPR but he did not respond, deputies said.