Passenger almost impaled by metal post when Jeep crashes on snowmobile trail, deputies say

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Grant County Sheriff

The passenger of a Jeep driving on a snowmobile trail Thursday morning was almost impaled by a metal sign post when the Jeep crashed into several objects, Grant County officials said.

Adam Van Natta, 30, of Platteville, was driving his 2013 Jeep Wrangler around 10 a.m. on the snowmobile trail west of County Road D, officials said.

Van Natta was driving east on the trail toward County Road D when the accelerator got stuck on the floor mat and the Jeep surged forward, according to a release. The Jeep left the north side of the trail, striking a culvert, a ditch, several snowmobile signs and a right-of-way sign.

The right-of-way sign post impaled the passenger side of the Jeep, going through the front passenger side floor board and into the front of the passenger side seat, investigators said. Van Natta’s passenger was not injured. The metal post impaled the seat, just missing her legs.

Van Natta was cited for trespassing for driving his Jeep on the snowmobile trail, according to the release.