Snowmobile rider still in hospital, crash being investigated

Posted Jan. 26, 2011, at 11:52 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Chester man who was seriously injured Saturday night when he failed to negotiate a left turn on his snowmobile and struck several trees is still in the hospital, officials said Wednesday.

Greg Richard Sr., 61, was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with severe internal injuries and broken bones after the crash and was listed in critical condition Wednesday, an EMMC official said.

Richard was operating a 1999 Polaris snowmobile at around 9 p.m. Saturday with his son Greg Richard Jr., 38, also of Chester, onboard when he crashed into the trees, according to a Maine Warden Service press release.

Neither man was wearing a helmet, but the younger Richard was not injured. The two were riding west on an access road from Pocumcus Lake in Township 6 Range 1 to a parking lot at Elsemore Landing to help a friend with an ice shack when the crash occurred.

A friend took Richard Sr. in his truck to meet Indian Township Ambulance, which took him to Calais Regional Hospital, the press release said. He was then flown to EMMC, where he was still being treated Wednesday.

Speed and alcohol may be factors in the crash, which is still under investigation, Deborah Turcotte, spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said Wednesday.

nricker@bangordailynews.com

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