TOWNSHIP 3, Maine — A Greenbush man crashed his snowmobile into a tree Saturday near West Lake in northern Hancock County after his ice-fishing equipment apparently got tangled up in the throttle.
Sgt. Ron Dunham with the Maine Warden Service said Eugene Lugdon, 64, was riding his snowmobile from a camp to an ice-fishing spot on West Lake, about 25 miles east of Lincoln. Lugdon lost control of the sled when a piece of equipment he was carrying caused the throttle to jam, the warden said. The snowmobile struck a tree at a high rate of speed, throwing Lugdon from the machine.
“It was very much an accidental thing,” Dunham said. “But I would say that we recommend that people not place anything on or near their driving equipment when they’re riding.”
Lugdon lost consciousness briefly and suffered a compound fracture in his leg, according to Dunham. The man was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
The warden said Lugdon was fortunate to be fishing with a group of people, one of whom contacted rescue personnel in a timely fashion.
“It’s a remote area and the roads are not always in good shape,” Dunham said. “We used an ambulance to take him to a nearby landing zone and the helicopter took him the rest of the way.”