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    ...this happend at 9:00 am...makes ya want to slow down a little after reading this one...

    Monday, January 30, 2006
    2 men killed in snowmobile accident
    By Chris Shannon

    BADDECK — Two snowmobilers died Saturday morning as a result of a head-on collision on a trail in the Hunters Mountain area outside of Baddeck.
    Michael Roger Goodick, 42, of Port Hawkesbury, and Clifton Arnold Conrad, 65, of Enfield, Halifax County, were travelling in opposite directions on the Highland Road at the time of the accident.

    The road is a network of logging roads that run through remote parts of Victoria and Inverness counties and are used as snowmobile trails in winter.

    Cpl. Brian Rehill of the Port Hawkesbury RCMP said the accident occurred about one kilometre into the Highland Road shortly after 9 a.m. One of the snowmobilers travelling west on the trail veered across into the path of the eastbound snowmobile, resulting in the head-on collision.

    “It seems the guy (from Enfield) travelling westbound had his snowmobile venture out to the left into the lane of the eastbound guy coming in,” Rehill said.

    “He was coming out of a decline, a hill and a turn, whereas the guy from Port Hawkesbury was just finishing (travelling) on a straight stretch.”

    Both men died at the scene. It’s not believed alcohol was a factor in the crash, Rehill said.

    “We know one fella is a non-drinker and the other guy who had left (for the trail) had no indication of alcohol whatsoever.”

    Police continued to investigate the accident Sunday.

    Paramedics and volunteer firefighters had to use snowmobiles to attend to the victims at the site of the accident.

    Thursday’s heavy snowfall provided the first opportunity this season for snowmobiling in the Cape Breton Highlands.

    It had been reported that there was a large number of snowmobilers on the trails around Hunters Mountain, partly due to the Snowmobile Association of Nova Scotia, which held its annual meeting in Baddeck on the weekend.