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(Updated 5:30 p.m., March 3)
Ottawa firefighter perishes in snowmobile accident near Vars

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

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An Ottawa firefighter with a wife and two children has been killed in a head on collision involving two snowmobiles near Vars.

According to police reports, firefighter Shawn Mathieson, 48, was snowmobiling along a trail behind the Bearbrook Community Hall at Forced and Russell Roads at around 10:50 p.m. when he collided with another snowmobile operated by an unidentified 18-year-old who suffered potentially life-threatening injuries. His condition has since been upgraded to serious.

The weather conditions at the time of the accident were clear and sunny. There are some reports that the collision occurred on a rise in the trail where the line of sight comng in both directions is restricted. There is no signage on either side of the approach to the hill warning snomobilers to slow down and exercise caution.

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