New Jersey man killed, Mass. man injured in two separate snowmobile accidents Sunday

Posted Feb. 23, 2014, at 7:40 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 23, 2014, at 8:27 p.m.

FARMINGTON, Maine — A New Jersey man is dead following a snowmobile crash late Sunday morning, according to information released Sunday night by the Maine Warden Service.

Richard Keith Horton, 50, of Delran, N.J., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident just after 11:30 a.m. on a snowmobile trail in Farmington off Holly Road, Warden Cpl. John MacDonald said in the release.

Horton was operating a borrowed snowmobile and riding with two friends when his machine struck a tree on the edge of the trail, according to MacDonald.

Driver inexperience and unfamiliarity with the area contributed to the accident. Alcohol and speed were not factors.

Wardens were assisted at the scene by Farmington Fire and Rescue, Maine State Police and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.

The accident remains under investigation and will be reviewed by the Franklin County District Attorney’s office.

MacDonald said this is the state’s third snowmobile-related fatality this season.

Wardens were also on the scene of a second accident which occurred just after 12:30 p.m. in ITS 89 in Phillips off Reeds Mill Road, where a 23-year-old unidentified male from Lunenburg, Mass., rolled his snowmobile and was reported to be unconscious.

MacDonald said by the time wardens and rescue personnel arrived, the man had regained consciousness and had a minor head injury.

Operator inexperience was blamed for this accident and no charges were filed, MacDonald said.

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