3 snowmobilers hospitalized in separate crashes

Posted Feb. 21, 2009, at 2:56 p.m.

LEVANT, Maine — Two local men were taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after separate crashes — one Friday afternoon and the other Saturday morning — on busy snow-packed trails in the area, Game Warden Rick Ouellette said Saturday afternoon.

In a third accident over the weekend, a female pedestrian was taken to EMMC on Friday night after she was hit by a snowmobile that apparently was being driven on a roadway in Newburgh, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Sunday.

Cindy Kenyan of Newburgh, who is “often seen running along the road, jogging with her dog” was hit on Severance Road, McCausland said. “She had her dog with her. This was on the road or along the side of the road.”

Kenyan was taken to EMMC for leg injuries and is listed in fair condition, a hospital official said Sunday.

The name of the snowmobile operator is known by police but is not being released at this time, McCausland said.

Both men injured in the other crashes were wearing helmets and suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, Ouellette said.

The Saturday crash happened around 10 a.m. while Lynden Adams, 55, of Levant was leading a pack of four snowmobiles down the ITS 80 trail near Pine Tree Road.

“He failed to negotiate a left turn in the trial,” Ouellette said. “There was extensive damage to the sled, and [Adams] suffered a leg injury.”

The trail had been worn down significantly in that area of the crash because of the high number of riders last week with schools out on break, he said.

“I must have met 20 to 30 sleds in the 20 minutes I was there,” Ouellette said. “There was a lot of sleds.”

Speed and alcohol did not seem to be factors in either crash, Ouellette said.

The Friday afternoon crash occurred in Hampden when the skis of two sleds, driven by Stephen Cormier, 16, and David Mooers, 46, both of Hampden, caught on each other while passing.

“They were going by each other [in different directions] and the skis hooked,” Ouellette said.

Maine law requires riders under age 18 to wear helmets, so the fact that all of the riders involved in the two recent collisions were wearing helmets probably prevented other injuries, Ouellette said

“The outcomes of both accidents could have been worse,” he said.

“A lot of the pine limbs had a lot of snow on them,” making it difficult to see, he said.

nricker@bangordailynews.net

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