3 snowmobilers killed, 4 injured since Friday

Posted Jan. 22, 2012, at 5:28 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 22, 2012, at 8:39 p.m.

Three snowmobilers died and four more were injured in separate accidents around the state between Friday and Sunday, according to the Maine Warden Service.

Odias Bachelder, 61, of Lang Township was operating his snowmobile on his way to Rangeley for the “Snowdeo” parade when he left the trail and was thrown from his sled about 5:20 p.m. Saturday on Interconnecting Trail System 89 in Dallas Plantation in Franklin County.

Mark Roux, 56, of Lee died after crashing his sled about 11:45 p.m. Saturday on the shore of Bill Green Pond in Lee.

Both men were wearing helmets, Cpl. John MacDonald of the Warden Service said Sunday afternoon in a press release.

Bachelder died at the scene from apparent blunt force trauma.

Roux was pronounced dead en route to Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln, MacDonald said. The Lee man crashed into a heavily wooded section of the shoreline.

The body of a third man was recovered Saturday afternoon from Graham Lake by a dive team. Matthew Divello, 49, of Mariaville, is believed to have died Friday when his snowmobile went through the ice.

“We’re always ready to deal with accidents,” MacDonald said Sunday, “but two, three or four, especially fatalities on a weekend taxes us. It certainly does.”

A Sanford man was listed Sunday in critical condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after driving his snowmobile down an embankment in Monson late Saturday and spending the frigid night outside. Evan Bergeron, 34, left the camp where he was staying on Lake Hebron about 11:20 p.m., according to MacDonald. When he did not return, the camp owner notified authorities.

Wardens and deputies with the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office searched through the night, the Warden Service said in the press release.
Bergeron was found by a local resident off Pleasant Street in Monson. He apparently failed to negotiate a right-hand turn in the road and went down the embankment.

MacDonald said about 3:30 p.m. Sunday that the extent of Bergeron’s injuries were unknown but “believed to be serious.”

On Sunday afternoon, a Sanford man most likely broke several ribs when he rolled several times with his snowmobile down an embankment in Shapleigh.

Paul Rumery, 36, lost control of his machine about noon. He was transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland for evaluation, according to MacDonald.

Two crashes were reported Saturday that left riders who live in northern Penobscot County injured.

In Township 4 Range 8, two sleds traveling in opposite directions collided around 2 p.m., according to MacDonald. Tyler Helsor, 23, of Lincoln suffered a broken femur when he was thrown from his sled. He was taken to Millinocket Regional Hospital.

The crash occurred at the crest of a hill on the Interconnecting Trail System near Bowlin Pond Camps.

The operator of the other snowmobile was not injured and was not identified, MacDonald said. The crash is still under investigation.

In Medway, a man reportedly suffered a minor shoulder injury after he flipped his sled while climbing a snowbank in his yard.

Richard Lee, 40, of Medway was treated at Millinocket Regional Hospital, MacDonald said.

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