Snowmobiler injured in Hampden accident

Posted Dec. 18, 2008, at 11:27 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — A Bangor man suffered multiple injuries Thursday in a snowmobile accident at Ammo Industrial Park.

Philip Smith III, 24, of Bangor was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he was treated for injuries that included two fractures to his pelvis, a broken left elbow, a lower spine injury and bumps and abrasions, according to Deborah Turcotte, spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Smith remained hospitalized in fair condition Thursday night, according to a nursing supervisor at EMMC.

The accident occurred at about 2 p.m. while Smith was riding his Arctic Cat snowmobile.

Hampden police Sgt. Dan Stewart said it appeared that Smith was unfamiliar with area trails and rode up what he thought was a hill but turned out to be a former ammunition storage bunker that was covered by dirt on one side and topped with snow.

Warden Dave Georgia, who later took over the investigation, said Smith was attempting to turn around on top of the structure when he fell off it, plunging about 15 feet.

Smith, who was wearing a helmet, landed on his head and the snowmobile fell on top of him.

The incident remained under investigation Thursday night.

Travis Kepner, 21, who was traveling with Smith on a separate snowmobile, was not injured. Kepner’s hometown was not immediately available.

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