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Mass. teen dead after nighttime sledding trip

Officials said an 18-year-old Massachusetts man has died after he and friends went on a midnight sledding excursion at Wildcat Mountain ski area in Pinkham Notch.

Searchers found the body of Joseph Murad of Hanson, Mass., at about 8 a.m. yesterday in the woods off the side of one of the ski trails a half mile below the summit.

Fish and Game conservation officers said two friends reported him missing at 3:30 in the morning, after their search for him failed.

Authorities said they believe injuries sustained when his sled crashed were the major cause of Murad’s death.

Fish and Game officials stress that Wildcat was closed at the time the trio hiked to the summit, and that sledding is not allowed on ski trails even when the mountain is operating.

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