Chester man critically injured in snowmobile accident

Posted Jan. 23, 2011, at 10:28 p.m.

A Chester man was critically injured Saturday night when he failed to negotiate a left turn while snowmobiling and struck several trees.

According to a Maine Warden Service press release, Greg Richard Sr., 61, was operating a 1999 Polaris snowmobile with his son, Greg Richard Jr., 38, also of Chester onboard at approximately 9 p.m. They were on an access road traveling from Pocumcus Lake in Township 6 Range 1, west of Grand Lake Stream, to a parking area at Elsemore Landing to help a friend with an ice shack when the crash occurred.

A friend transported Richard in his truck to meet Indian Township Ambulance, which transported him to Calais Regional Hospital. Richard was later flown by Life Flight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Richard suffered severe internal injuries and broken bones and is in critical condition, according to the release. His son was not injured in the incident.

Neither man was wearing a helmet. Speed and alcohol may be factors in the crash. The incident is under investigation.

Game Warden Brad Richard is the primary investigator. He was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Ron Dunham and members of the Passamaquoddy Warden Service.

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