by Mischalova at . Comments

We're sad to report that Chicago news anchor Randy Salerno died in a snowmobile accident last night.

The 45-year old was snowmobiling with friends in Sayner, Wisconsin when his vehicle broke down. He was picked up by childhood friend, Scott Hirschey.

They rode together on a 2007 model Ski-Doo, which is designed for just one individual. Reportedly, they headed across Plum Lake and proceeded to strike several trees. Hirschey was thrown from the snowmobile, while Salerno took the full force of the impact.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Randy Salerno had been with CBS 2 since September 2004. Prior to working at CBS 2, he worked at WGN-TV (1993-2004), as anchor of the midday newscast.

"Randy was a talented news anchor and a major reason for our recent morning show success,'' CBS 2 President and General Manager Joe Ahern said in a statement. "But it was Randy's sense of humor and quick wit that separated him from the rest. He was a skilled journalist, trusted colleague and dear friend to many in our newsroom--especially to our morning team.''