TOWNSHIP 6 RANGE 7, Maine — A Yarmouth man died after crashing his snowmobile into a tree in an area west of Shin Pond in at approximately 12:30 Friday afternoon, according to the Maine Warden Service.
Wayne Nickerson, 64, was pronounced dead at the northern Penobscot County location after wardens and emergency medical services personnel arrived. He is Maine’s sixth snowmobiling fatality this winter season.
Nickerson was riding behind Bert Dickenson, 49, of Lewiston and headed east when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve near the snowmobile bridge on the Sebois River.
Wardens told Cpl. John MacDonald, Maine Warden Service spokesman, that it appears the snowmobile went airborne for a short distance after leaving the trail before hitting the tree. The victim was wearing a helmet, but still suffered head trauma as a result of the crash. The 2007 Arctic Cat F-8 was heavily damaged and was removed from the scene.
A popular snowmobiling area, Upper and Lower Shin Pond are two large bodies of water about 10 miles northwest of Patten in northern Penobscot County.
The four responding wardens — Seth Powers, Jim Davis, Charles Brown and Sgt. Ron Dunham, were assisted by Mount Chase ambulance and rescue personnel.
Nickerson’s body was taken to Bower’s Funeral Home in Island Falls.
The crash remains under investigation, but no further information or photos are available at this time.
MacDonald said the Maine Warden Service is reminding all snowmobilers to pay close attention to changing trail conditions as spring approaches.
“Always drive responsibly and never drink and drive,” MacDonald said.
BDN writers Andrew Neff and Nick Sambides contributed to this report.