January 28, 2013

Pelham man injured in snowmobile crash near Jackman Monday

By Doug Harlow dharlow@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

MOOSE RIVER -- A snowmobiler from New Hampshire was injured Monday morning when his sled slid off Interconnected Trail System 89 near Jackman and struck a tree.

Andrew Raymond, 45, of Pelham, N.H., was taken to Jackman Region Health Center and later to Eastern Maine Medical Center by LifeFlight helicopter, Cpl. John MacDonald, of the Maine Warden Service, said.

Raymond was riding a rented 2011 Skidoo snowmobile, MacDonald said.

Raymond was the last in a line of four riders when the other three stopped in front of him about 9:20 a.m. Monday.

"Raymond tried to avoid a snowmobile in front of him, applied the brakes and attempted to stop, but slid off the trail into a tree," MacDonald said. "Speed and poor visibility due to snow dust appear to be contributing factors."

Game wardens along with Jackman Fire and Rescue responded to the call.

Raymond, who complained of back and chest pain, was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, according to MacDonald.

The incident remains under investigation.

Doug Harlow -- 612-2367

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