Snowmobile strikes Iditarod teams, kills dog

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers are traveling to the Yukon River village of Nulato to investigate a snowmobiler who purposely crashed into two teams competing in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early Saturday morning.

One dog was killed and at least three were injured.

Troopers were called at 2:43 a.m. about the crashes.

Spokeswoman Megan Peters says the snowmobiler first hit the side of a sled driven by 46-year-old Aliy Zirkle between Koyukuk and Nulato.

The snowmobile turned around multiples times and made passes at her before driving off.

Troopers say Zirkle was not injured, but one of her dogs was bruised.

The same snowmobile approached her again 12 miles (19.31 kilometers) from Nulato but left.

Musher Jeff King was struck by what troopers say was the same snowmobile. One of his dogs was killed.

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