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February 4, 2009
12-Year-Old Lisbon Falls Girl Dies in Snowmobile Incident
Lisbon Falls - A 12-year-old Lisbon Falls girl died in a single-sled snowmobile incident at 5:50 today near her home.
Ashley Stone, 12, of Lisbon Falls was driving a snowmobile with two male juveniles as passengers on a snowmobile trail along a power line when she lost control of the sled and hit a tree, according to Lt. Adam Gormely of the Maine Warden Service.
The incident occurred off Edgecomb Road in Lisbon Falls, about 200 yards away from the home where they set out for the ride.
Miss Stone died at the scene. The children were wearing helmets.
One passenger, a 10-year-old boy, was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston. Another passenger, a 13-year-old boy, was transported to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Each has non-life-threatening injuries.
All three juveniles on the sled were from different families and attend Lisbon School. School officials have been notified of the incident.
One of the boys had a cell phone and called his mother to report the incident, and two of the children’s mothers, including Miss Stone’s mom, rushed to the scene. One mother called 9-1-1.
The accident is under investigation.
Miss Stone’s death is the fifth snowmobile fatality this season. Since 2000, five juveniles under the age of 15 have died in snowmobile accidents.
Lisbon Police Department and Lisbon Fire Departments are assisting the Maine Warden Service.