GALLATIN COUNTY, Mont. - A Minnesota man is dead after a snowmobile mishap not far from Yellowstone in Montana.
The victim has been identified as 40-year-old Weylon Wiedemann of Pine City.
Gallatin County Sheriff's officials say they received a 911 call Tuesday shortly before 5 p.m. reporting an avalanche with one person injured. The initial location was reported as Cabin Creek Campground, but GPS coordinates indicated the location was actually in Cabin Creek, approximately 19 miles north of West Yellowstone.
The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center says Wiedemann triggered the avalanche and was buried under 3 feet of snow. Fellow riders dug him out in 12 to 15 minutes but he died at the scene.
The mountainous area around West Yellowstone received 2 to 4 feet of snow late last week.
Technical rescue teams from the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office, West Yellowstone Division of Gallatin County Search and Rescue and Air Methods responded while a helicopter from Air Idaho was dispatched to locate the accident scene and assess the possibility of landing. The chopper was on scene in 32 minutes, but efforts to revive Wiedemann were unsuccessful.
Authorities are investigating what led to the avalanche and Wiedemann's death.