Woman Dies in Snowmobile Accident in Lincoln County

By Beacon Staff

LIBBY – Lincoln County officials say a 41-year-old Washington state woman has died of injuries suffered when her snowmobile hit a tree in extreme northwestern Montana.

Sheriff Roby Bowe says Ronda Jo Emerson of Newman Lake, Wash., was snowmobiling in the Spread Creek drainage on Sunday afternoon when her snowmobile struck a tree at about 1:30 p.m. She was stuck between the snowmobile and the tree.

The sheriff’s office received a 911 call shortly before 4 p.m. Emerson was treated at the scene by search and rescue responders and taken by ambulance to St. John’s Hospital in Libby, where she was pronounced dead early Monday.