Second Iditarod team hit by snowmachiner

Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A second team in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race was injured Saturday by a snowmachine.

Race Marshall Mark Nordman said a dog in the team of Palmer Sagoonick of Shaktoolik suffered a broken leg when it was hit by the snowmachine before dawn.

Nordman said Sagoonick was five miles out of White Mountain, 77 miles from Nome, when the accident occurred.

Nordman said members of the snowmachiner's party drove to White Mountain and contacted Iditarod officials. A veterinarian examined the dog and the animal was transported to Nome and Anchorage for medical care.

Sagoonick continued on with eight dogs and was expected into Nome late Saturday night. He was in 45th place.

Nordman said he expected to find out more details of the accident after Sagoonick crossed the finish line.

Willow musher Mike Nosko was forced out of the race after just 25 miles when his dog team was hit by a speeding snowmachiner.

Nosko was on the trail between Willow and Yentna, when the male snowmachiner hit some of the animals, including Nosko's two lead dogs. The snowmachiner asked Nosko if the dogs were OK, apologized and then left. The dogs were bruised and banged up but their injuries were not life-threatening.

The Iditarod began March 3. Doug Swingley of Lincoln, Mont., won the 1,100-mile race from Anchorage to Nome on Wednesday in nine days, 19 hours, 55 minutes.

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