A recent spate of Maine snowmobile accidents have safety officials concerned.
One tragic example was seen recently in Parlin Pond Township, where NBC-6 in Portland reports a 45-year-old Massachusetts woman was killed after running into a line of trees. At the time, she was leading a group of snowmobilers across an icy pond when she drifted to the left side and into the trees. Witnesses said she was thrown off the sled and landed head-first on the trail. Those who had been following her rushed to her aid and first responders arrived in minutes. Sadly, her injuries proved too severe and she was pronounced dead at the scene. She had been wearing a helmet, but authorities say speed may have been a factor.
That crash was one of several that happened just the first weekend of this month. Maine Game Wardens say there are a number of factors at play, including worsening trail conditions. Melting snowpack has led to exposed stumps, rocks and ice that can be treacherous for snowmobilers. That incident was the ninth death of a snowmobiler this season, the Game Wardens say. Continue reading