Snowmobile accident kills 12-year-old girl

Posted Feb. 04, 2009, at 11:12 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A 12-year-old Lisbon Falls girl died in a single-sled snowmobile accident Wednesday night near her home, according to the Maine Warden Service.

Ashley Stone of Lisbon Falls was driving a snowmobile with two male juveniles as passengers on a snowmobile trail along a power line when she lost control of the sled and hit a tree, according to Lt. Adam Gormely of Warden Service.

The incident occurred off Edgecomb Road in Lisbon Falls, about 200 yards away from the home where they set out for the ride, Gormely said.

The girl died at the scene.

One passenger, a 10-year-old boy, was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston, according to a news release from the Warden Service. Another passenger, a 13-year-old boy, was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Each had nonlife-threatening injuries, the release said.

All three juveniles on the sled were wearing helmets. All three are from different families and attend Lisbon School, the release said. School officials have been notified of the incident.

One of the boys had a cell phone and called his mother to report the incident, and two of the children’s mothers, including Stone’s, rushed to the scene, according to the release. One mother called 911.

The accident is under investigation.

The death marks the fifth snowmobile fatality this season. Since 2000, five juveniles under the age of 15 have died in snowmobile accidents, according to the Warden Service.

The Lisbon Police and Fire Departments assisted the Maine Warden Service.

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