Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock was the scene of a snowmobile/snow groomer collision Tuesday that claimed the life of a Lanseborough woman. The Berkshire News Network learned about the crash early this morning and the Berkshire District Attorney's Office sent out details of the crash shortly before noon.

The State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office is investigating the apparently accidental death at the resort. Detectives responded to the Hancock resort on Tuesday following a snow groomer and a snowmobile collision.

According to the DA's Office, 30-year-old Kimberlee Francoeur, of Lanesborough, died after the snow groomer operator had backed into the snowmobile that she was operating. The Jiminy Peak Ski Patrol and Northern Berkshire EMS personnel attempted to save Francoeur’s life without success, and ultimately a Northern Berkshire EMS paramedic pronounced her deceased at approximately 11:20 a.m.

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According to witness statements, Francoeur was working as a snowmaker and the snowmobile she was operating was stopped on the mountain when the snow groomer operator then accidentally backed into the vehicle. Francoeur succumbed to the injuries that she suffered as a result of the collision.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner took custody of Francoeur’s body to determine the official cause and manner of death.

The Massachusetts State Police Cheshire Barracks, Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration also responded to the scene of the accident. The Berkshire State Police Detective Unit’s investigation is ongoing.

 If there is more information to follow, we will update this story.


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