Wardens respond to four weekend snowmobile crashes

1:01 PM, Jan 13, 2013   |    comments
  • China Snowmobile Crash, Courtesy Maine Warden Service
  • Eustis Snowmobile Crash, Courtesy Maine Warden Service
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(NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Warden Service says four separate snowmobile crashes over the weekend all resulted in injuries.

A news release issued by Corporal John MacDonald states the crashes happened in New Sweden, Eustis, China, and Limerick.

In New Sweden, officials say 28-year-old Ryan Rodgers from Caribou was driving his snowmobile around 5:15 p.m. Saturday when he collided with a moose.  Wardens say Rodgers complained of extreme pain in his left arm and shoulder, and was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with serious injuries.  Officials say the moose was removed from the trail with serious injuries.

In Eustis, wardens say 28-year-old Jason Pillsbury from Strong was driving a pickup truck on Airport Road around midnight Sunday when his car left the road and rolled over.  Pillsbury's friend, 37-year-old John Morris from Eustis, was driving his snowmobile on Airport Road a short time later and crashed into Pillsbury's truck.  Morris was eventually taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with serious injuries.  Speed is considered a factor in the crash.

In China, wardens responded to a snowmobile crash around 2 a.m. Sunday off of Stanley Hill Road.  Wardens say two men were involved in the crash, and they were driving their snowmobile when it hit a small mound in a field they were in.  The two men, identified as 47-year-old Kenneth Cormier from China and 25-year-old Dave Willard from Oakland, were both taken to Maine General Hospital in Waterville with moderate injuries, and speed is considered a factor in the crash.  They were both ejected from the snowmobile.

In Limerick, wardens were called to a crash on Sokokis Lake around 1:30 a.m. Sunday in which a man crashed into the shoreline in foggy conditions.  50-year-old John Ferguson was ejected from the snowmobile and sustained serious injuries, and was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland. Wardens say speed is considered a factor in the crash.

MacDonald says all incidents remain under investigation, and the Maine Warden Service reminds snowmobilers to be extremely careful when driving at night.  Wardens say driving at high speeds doesn't allow for proper reaction time or braking.  


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