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February 27, 2009
Massachusetts Man Seriously Injured in Snowmobile Incident
Augusta - A 25-year-old Massachusetts man was seriously injured when he hit a mogul on a trail near Rockwood this afternoon (February 27, 2009).
Michael Sargent, 25, of Bedford, Mass., was traveling at an estimated 50 miles per hour on ITS 66 en route towards North East Carry and Kokadjo when he neared a narrow bridge that had two snow moguls near it, according to Maine Warden Service Game Warden Mike Favreau.
The accident occurred approximately 6 miles outside of Rockwood near Kineo at approximately 2 p.m. today. The Maine Warden Service was notified at 3:15 p.m.
The incident is under investigation. Speed was a factor, according to Warden Favreau.
Mr. Sargent hit one of the moguls, and his snowmobile traveled vertically into the air. Mr. Sargent fell off the sled and landed on his back. The snowmobile landed on its rear tail light near Mr. Sargent and broke apart into pieces, according to Warden Favreau.
Emergency responders were told that Mr. Sargent initially couldn’t move his legs. He was conscious and talking to his brother, Mark, his father, David, and other family members and friends who were snowmobiling with him.
Mr. Sargent suffered back and internal injuries, according to Warden Favreau. He was wearing a helmet.
Rockwood Rescue transported Mr. Sargent from the trail, and they were met by C.A. Dean Ambulance, which transported Mr. Sargent to Mayo Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft. LifeFlight was called to the hospital. Rain in the area may ground LifeFlight, and the intended plan is to transport Mr. Sargent to Eastern Maine Medical Hospital in Bangor tonight.
Emergency responders received three different calls for service from snowmobilers who came upon the accident and called for help once they were in an area with cell phone service, according to Warden Favreau. One report was that two people were badly hurt and laying on the trail. Another said a female was injured on the trail, and the third call was that a man was seriously hurt.
Five Game Wardens responded, heading out on the trail from locations where the incidents were said to be – in the Kokadjo area and in the Rockwood area. Ed and Shirley Raymond, who own Raymond’s Country Store in North East Carry, also went out on the trail and reported that the only incident they had come upon was the one involving Mr. Sargent.
“We had to err on the side of caution,” Warden Favreau said. “There were no other accidents.”
Game Wardens Troy Dauphinee, Eric Dauphinee, Jim Barbierz and Ray Miller, and Sgt. Scott Thrasher responded to the incident.
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