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March 9, 2012
Remote Snowmobile Crash with Injuries
Jackman, Maine - On the morning of March 8, a group of six snowmobilers from Massachusetts and Connecticut departed Jackman, Maine. The group was travelling East on snowmobile trail Route 66 - also known as the Brassua 2 Road in Thorndike Township. This well traveled groomed snowmobile trail connects the Jackman and Rockwood regions.
At approximately 10:00 am Bonnie Sancomb, age 46, of Hopkinton Massachusetts missed a right hand turn on the trail and traveled into the woods. Sancomb was operating a 2012 Arctic Cat Pro Cross F-800 snowmobile. Members of her party did not see her go off the trail and continued on. They soon stopped after realizing she was missing from the group. Members of her party located Sancomb about 30 minutes later. The snowmobile had landed on top of Sancomb and it was also on its side with the studded snowmobile track continuing to spin while on top of her. This caused serious injuries to her torso. Luckily there was cell phone reception in the area and their 911 call was received at 10:35 am.
LifeFlight, Jackman fire-rescue and ambulance, and the Maine Warden Service responded to the area. The LifeFlight helicopter departed from Bangor and was on scene with 30 minutes of the call. It took Jackman EMS personnel and Maine Game Wardens several more minutes to arrive due to poor road conditions in the area. LifeFlight EMS personnel provided valuable medical care to Sancomb at the scene and then transported her to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. The investigation continues but it appears speed and unfamiliarity with the area might have been contributing factors in the crash. Game Wardens John Lonergan, Paul Mason, and Troy Dauphinee responded to investigate.
The Maine Warden Service reminds snowmobilers that trail conditions will vary greatly this time of year with cold nights and warm days that cause rapidly changing conditions. Slow down and be aware of what is ahead of you on the trail.