Fairbanks man killed in snowmachine accident

Posted: Sunday, April 23, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was killed Sunday morning when his snowmachine careened off a bluff in the Broad Pass area, near Mile 203 of the Parks Highway.

Robert Gottschalk, 51, was unconscious when he was found by friends and died before an emergency helicopter reached the area.

Gottschalk was traveling at about 50 miles per hour when he went off a 50-foot embankment, said Alaska State Trooper Sergeant Scott Waggoner.

Gottschalk was the third Fairbanks resident to die in a snowmachine accident in just over a week. Two men died last weekend in separate accidents at the site of the Arctic Man competition.

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