DULUTH, Minn. -- One moment, Chris Hatfield of Two Harbors, Minn., was zipping along the North Shore State Trail on his snowmobile. The next, he was sprawled on the trail unconscious, the victim of a vicious collision.
With an owl.
Hatfield, 35, remembers the seconds leading up to the collision, which occurred about 8 p.m. on Jan. 8. He had just rounded a corner on the state trail in Duluth. He estimates he was traveling at 40 to 45 mph.
"Right in front of me, I saw something, and then it went black," Hatfield said. "It knocked me off the sled and knocked me out."