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January 13, 2013
Game Wardens Respond to Weekend Snowmobile Crashes
NEW SWEDEN – January 12: At approximately 5:15 PM Saturday evening, 28-year-old Ryan Rodgers from Caribou was driving south on Interconnecting Trail System (ITS) 83 in New Sweden when he collided with a moose. Rodgers was in the middle of a group of 9 snowmobiles. Rodgers complained of extreme pain in his left arm and shoulder. His helmet was completely distorted due to the crash. Rodgers was flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with serious injuries. The moose was dispatched by wardens due to severe injuries and removed from the trail.
EUSTIS – January 13: (SEE PHOTO) At approximately 12:00 AM this morning, game wardens responded to Eustis to investigate a single snowmobile crash in which the operator struck a vehicle on Airport Road. Jason Pillsbury, 28 from Strong, was operating a Toyota Tacoma on Airport Road. His vehicle left the road and rolled. A short time later, his friend John Morris, 37 from Eustis, was driving his 2013 Arctic Cat snowmobile on Airport Road and struck Pillsbury’s vehicle. Morris was first transported to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington and then to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with serious injuries. The Maine State Police and Eustis Fire and Rescue assisted with this incident. Speed is a contributing factor in this crash.
CHINA – January 13: (SEE PHOTO) At approximately 2:00 AM this morning, game wardens investigated a snowmobile crash in the town of China off the Stanley Hill Road. When the men encountered a small mound in the field, they were both ejected. The men were able to operate the machine and drove it back to a residence. The two men involved, Kenneth Cormier, 47 (back seat passenger) from China and David Willard, 25 (Driver) from Oakland were both taken to Maine General Hospital in Waterville with moderate injuries. Speed was a contributing factor in this incident.
LIMERICK – January 13: At approximately 1:30 AM this morning, game wardens were called to investigate a single snowmobile/operator crash on Sokokis Lake in Limerick. John Ferguson age 50 from Limerick was travelling west on the lake in very foggy conditions when he crashed into the shoreline near Philpot’s Landing. Ferguson was ejected and collided with a shed near a camp. Ferguson’s brother-in-law, Charles Pellegrino from Limerick found Ferguson. Ferguson sustained serious injuries and was transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland. Speed was a contributing factor in this crash.
REMINDER: The Maine Warden Service reminds all snowmobilers to be especially careful when driving at night-time. Operating at high speeds does not allow for proper reaction time or braking. High speed driving places operators in danger of driving beyond the effectiveness of headlights.
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