MADAWASKA, Maine — A New Jersey man was airlifted to a Bangor hospital Wednesday after suffering head trauma in a snowmobile accident on a trail that passes through the parking lot of a Madawaska motel.
The injured snowmobiler was identified as Birandra Patel, 52, of Paramus, N.J. He remained at Eastern Maine Medical Center on Wednesday night. Information about his medical condition was not immediately available.
Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service said the accident happened shortly before 10:40 a.m. when Patel, who was riding snowmobile with friends from Maine and New York, struck a snowbank in the parking lot of Martin’s Motel on Main Street.
The impact caused Patel and his Arctic Cat snowmobile to travel airborne for a distance of approximately 60 feet before landing in the driveway of an adjacent residence, MacDonald said. Patel was wearing a helmet when the accident occurred, he said.
MacDonald said that Wardens Ryan Fitzpatrick and Gary Sibley and Sgt. Durward Humphrey are working to determine what caused the crash, which remains under investigation.
He said that an accident reconstruction study is being conducted and that Patel’s snowmobile is being examined for possible mechanical problems.
Madawaska Police Chief Carroll Theriault said Patel initially was taken to Edmundston Regional Regional Hospital in New Brunswick, Canada, by Madawaska emergency medical personnel. After he was stabilized, he was taken to the Frenchville Airport, where he was picked up by LifeFlight and flown to EMMC, the chief said.