Snowmobile overturns in Greene, injuring Mass. man

Posted Feb. 13, 2011, at 9:25 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 14, 2011, at 1:03 p.m.

A Massachusetts man was seriously injured Sunday morning when his snowmobile overturned while he was riding at a high rate of speed on Sabattus Lake in Greene.

Friends of Chadman Boardman told the Maine Warden Service that the 38-year-old resident of Hopedale, Mass., probably was traveling 60 to 70 mph during a “final spin” on the lake when the incident happened around 10:30 a.m. The group had been preparing to leave a camp on the lake.

“The conditions on the lake aren’t very good for snowmobiling due to the slushy ice and snow,” Game Warden Rick Stone said in a news release distributed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. “It appears that the snowmobile’s front end had broken through the slush, causing it to flip end-over-end.”

Boardman’s 2006 Yamaha snowmobile landed on the victim’s waist and legs. Friends and witnesses helped lift the machine off Boardman and called for help.

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Boardman, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered a large gash to his head, a fractured skull, a fractured left eye socket and broken vertebrae in his back and neck, according to DIF&W. The investigation is continuing, although the warden service said speed was a factor.

He was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston and later to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

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