Madison man dies in snowmobile crash

By Kevin Miller, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 12, 2011, at 1:26 p.m.

MADISON, Maine — A 29-year-old Madison man died Friday night after hitting a broken-down snowmobile trail groomer with his snowmobile on a trail in Madison, officials said Saturday.

Richard Pepin II of Madison was snowmobiling on ITS 87 around 10 p.m. Friday when he came over a ridge, traveled a distance and hit the groomer, Maine Warden Service Sgt. Chris Simmons indicated in a press release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

The groomer is owned by the Abnaki Sno-Riders Inc. club of Madison. Its operator had placed three orange caution signs in front and in back of the machine, and attached orange tape on poles in front and back of the groomer as indicators that it was not in use, according to Maine Game Warden Tom McKenney. The operator was not at the scene at the time, having been taken off the trail by club members.

Two snowmobilers who were not with Pepin came upon the scene, located him and called for help. The Maine Warden Service received the call at 10:10 p.m. Friday.

Pepin was wearing a helmet. Speed was a factor in the crash, the press release stated.

The accident remains under investigation.

Game Warden Josh Bubier also went to the scene.

MADISON, Maine — A 29-year-old Madison man died Friday night after hitting a broken-down snowmobile trail groomer with his snowmobile on a trail in Madison, officials said Saturday.

Richard Pepin II, 29, of Madison, was snowmobiling on ITS 87 around 10 p.m. Friday when he came over a ridge, traveled a distance and hit the groomer, Maine Warden Service Sgt. Chris Simmons indicated in a press release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

The groomer is owned by the Abnaki Sno-Riders Inc. club of Madison. Its operator had placed three orange caution signs in front and in back of the machine, and attached orange tape on poles in front and back of the groomer as indicators that it was not in use, according to Maine Game Warden Tom McKenney. The operator was not at the scene at the time, having been transported off the trail by club members.

Two snowmobilers who were not with Pepin came upon the scene, located him and called for help. The Maine Warden Service received the call at 10:10 p.m. Friday.

Pepin was wearing a helmet. Speed was a factor in the incident, the press release said..

The incident is under investigation.

Game Warden Josh Bubier also responded to the call.

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