Man critically injured in snowmobile accident

Posted Jan. 02, 2011, at 9:18 p.m.

Two people were injured, one critically, when they lost control of a snowmobile while riding on Thomas Pond in Casco on Sunday.

Thomas Hartley, 47, of Casco and Patricia Butler, 41, of Naples were traveling on Thomas Pond near Hartley’s home on Thomas Pond Shore Road at 12:05 p.m. Sunday when they lost control of the vehicle, hit the shoreline, tipping the sled onto its side, and were ejected.

According to two ice fishermen, Butler was on the front of the sled and Hartley was sitting behind her, but Hartley was driving the sled from behind Butler.

Hartley hit his head on an aluminum boat lift, according to Game Warden Pete Herring. He suffered a broken neck, broken collarbone and head lacerations. He was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he was in critical condition. Butler suffered bruises to her upper body. Neither was wearing a helmet.

Hartley was summoned for operating under the influence and refusing to submit to a blood alcohol test.

The incident remains under investigation.

Wardens Kris Barboza and Josh Smith, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Casco Fire Department personnel also responded.

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