Glenburn teen injured while parking snowmobile

Posted Jan. 04, 2011, at 6:55 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:17 a.m.

GLENBURN, Maine — A Glenburn teen suffered multiple pelvic fractures Monday night while attempting to put his snowmobile in a garage.

Benjamin Bagley, 16, who lives on Hudson Road, had been riding his snowmobile on fresh snow earlier in the day before parking the snowmobile in the driveway, according to a news release issued Tuesday by Deborah Turcotte, spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Later in the evening, as Bagley was attempting to move the sled into the garage, the machine accelerated and hit a tree, according to an investigation by Game Warden Jim Fahey.

Bagley said that the snowmobile’s throttle got stuck, causing the acceleration, as shown by tread tracks in the snow, Fahey said.

Bagley was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor by ambulance. No information about his medical condition was available Tuesday night. He was not wearing a helmet when the accident occurred.

State law requires that riders under age 18 wear helmets while riding on state-financed trails but does not address other locations, according to the Maine Snowmobile Association’s website.

Fahey said the accident is an example of why snowmobilers should take safety precautions, even when not riding on trails.

“It’s always a good idea to wear a helmet, even on a short drive to park your sled,” he said. “Also, if your sled has been parked outside for a period of time, check the throttle and brakes for ice or snow and clear it before operating the vehicle.”

Glenburn and Hudson volunteer firefighters and a Penobscot County sheriff’s deputy assisted at the scene.

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