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Snowmobiler badly hurt in accident in Caribou

Posted March 22, 2009, at 9:09 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11 a.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — A 42-year-old snowmobiler suffered serious injuries when he struck a beaver dam and a tree early Saturday, Maine Warden Service officials said.

Christopher Robichaud of Cape Elizabeth was driving a 1989 Polaris Indy 500 sled on a private, ungroomed trail off Hardison Road near Moore Brook, following his father-in-law and son on a separate sled, when the incident occurred at about 9:20 a.m., Maine Warden Service Sgt. Tom Ward said.

“This is a great time of year to ride, but operators have to be alert and slow down,” Ward said Saturday in a statement released by service officials.

Robichaud was taken to Cary Medical Center in Caribou, where he was treated for serious injuries to his head, neck, face and shoulder. He was wearing a helmet, and there was minimal damage to his snowmobile, officials said.

Game Wardens Alan Dudley and Ryan Fitzpatrick are investigating the incident.

Snowmobile trail conditions in northern Maine are generally good, with the major Interstate Trail System trails in very good shape because of grooming and a solid snow base, Ward said, but brooks, streams and rivers are opening up, especially around rocks, logs and spring holes.

Roots and stumps are starting to melt through, as well, and sledders must use caution to avoid hitting them, Ward said.

Trails are very hard in the morning and soften up after noon. A crust of icy snow covers the fields and has caused problems for snowmobile operators, such as one ski breaking through causing a loss of control, Ward said.

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