MARQUETTE - One sled dog was killed and two injured early Sunday when a passing motorist and an Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Championship team collided on a rural Alger County highway.
The incident took place at 5:40 a.m. (Eastern time) on M-28 near the Cherrywood Lodge, according to a written statement from the Michigan State Police-Munising detachment. A silver pickup truck, eastbound on M-28, and the dog team and musher, collided as the team attempted to cross M-28 and the vehicle passed by.
The driver of the truck was a 66-year-old man from Canada, police said. He was not injured. Neither was the musher. The injured dogs were being treated this morning at the Gwinn-Sawyer Veterinary Clinic.
(Volunteers at the site) "tried to stop the team" as it approached M-28, Pat Torreano, president of the U.P. Sled Dog Association said, noting that it is illegal to stop traffic on the highway. "It didn't work."
Torreano and the police declined to identify the musher involved in the incident or release additional details.
The 240-mile sled dog race started Friday in Marquette and ends Sunday, also in Marquette.