A 48-year-old woman died after a snowmobile she was riding on collided with a hydro pole guy wire in southern Manitoba.

According to police, the woman was a passenger on the machine when it struck the wire at about 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 12 and Hanover Road, just south of Steinbach.

The woman, a resident of Steinbach, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 43-year-old man who was driving the snowmobile was transported to the Bethesda Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Alcohol was not a factor in the accident, RCMP said.

No further information is available at this point.

Police have not said whether any charges are pending.

A guy wire is a cable anchored into the ground and fastened to the pole to strengthen it and keep it in position.