Minnesota fans escape runaway snowmobile at X Games

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 29, 2013 - 1:49 AM

No one was seriously hurt after a machine barreled into some netting near where a group of spectators stood.

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kevink201Jan. 28, 1312:36 PM

Uh-oh...better ban snowmobiles, and snow, for that matter! Someone might go crazy and try to hurt someone with one, despite its intended use for sports only!

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jeffwillJan. 28, 1312:46 PM

Is there a reason a snow mobile doesn't have an "ignition shut off strap" attached to the driver's wrist similar to a water craft jet ski? If I were a sponsor or organizer of a future snow mobile event, I would not allow any snow ski to compete without an automated shutoff to the snow mobile. This is not rocket science. I believe one should consider the liability one could expect when such a simple remedy indicates some level of concern for the safety of the spectator(s).

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oster412Jan. 28, 13 1:11 PM

It was a big air competition. You cannot have a strap with that event. The riders are twisting, spinning and flipping on the sled in the air. Just wouldn't work. One of those things. The snow fence worked.

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AlfredBergJan. 28, 13 1:34 PM

Life is dangerous people and things happen. You can't safeguard everything unless you want to mandate that every person has to wear a bullet-proof vest and a helmet outside of their home...JUST in case. Wait, people could still fall down the stairs in their home, I guess it needs to be 24/7.

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rangesonJan. 28, 13 2:08 PM

No, what happened is the "daredevil Aussie" was an idiot who had only actually ridden a snowmobile for FOUR HOURS> and only once before on snow. His excuse for what happened? He is used to motorcycles and hit the "clutch".....which is where the brake is on a snowmobile. Idiot should have never been doing tricks on equipment he didn't understand. Period.

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skanskiJan. 28, 13 6:55 PM

jeffwill, from the article, "Jeremy Bester’s wife, Kerrie, said “all snowmobiles come with a tether kill switch. But when [competitors] are doing tricks, they don’t wear the tethers with the kill switch [because] they might get twisted up in the tether.”"

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skanskiJan. 28, 13 6:58 PM

The article says he "bailed" from the snowmobile. I would rather say that he "fell off". The organizers, obviously, took some decent safety precautions. That could've been significantly worse then just a bruised knee or two.

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jackpinesavJan. 29, 13 7:36 AM

People who do not understand the machine and get ideas at night "while drinking" maybe need a little more seasoning and maturity before doing a major event. Close call...

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