KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – A skier from Rhode Island has died after crashing into a tree at Killington Ski Resort in Vermont.

Police say 44-year-old Kirk O’Brien of Cumberland caught an edge of his ski in the snow, lost control and struck a tree off the Bittersweet trail Sunday at 10 a.m.

O’Brien, who was wearing a helmet, suffered massive head trauma.

Police say he was lifeless when emergency personnel arrived and was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital.

Family and friends say O’Brien was an expert skier who started skiing at age 9 and had skied around the world.

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