ROCKWOOD, Maine — A 25-year-old Massachusetts man was seriously injured when he hit a mogul on a trail near Rockwood Friday afternoon, according to the Maine Warden Service.
Michael Sargent of Bedford, Mass., was traveling at an estimated 50 miles per hour on ITS 66 en route toward North East Carry and Kokadjo when he neared a narrow bridge that had two snow moguls near it, according to Maine Warden Service Game Warden Mike Favreau.
The accident occurred approximately 6 miles outside of Rockwood near Kineo at approximately 2 p.m. The Maine Warden Service was notified at 3:15 p.m.
The incident is under investigation. Speed was a factor, according to Favreau.
Sargent hit one of the moguls, and his snowmobile traveled vertically into the air. Sargent fell off the sled and landed on his back. The snowmobile landed on its rear tail light near Sargent and broke apart into pieces, according to Favreau.
Emergency responders were told that Sargent initially couldn’t move his legs. He was conscious and talking to his brother, Mark, his father, David, and other family members and friends who were snowmobiling with him.
Sargent suffered back and internal injuries, according to Warden Favreau. He was wearing a helmet.
Rockwood Rescue transported Mr. Sargent from the trail, and they were met by C.A. Dean Ambulance, which transported Mr. Sargent to Mayo Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft. LifeFlight was called to the hospital and was to transport him to Eastern Maine Medical Hospital in Bangor.