March 21, 2019
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Maine man succumbs to injuries from Valentine’s Day snowmobile crash

Maine Warden Service | BDN
Maine Warden Service | BDN
A Berwick man died Saturday after he suffered a "medical event" following a snowmobile crash on Valentine's Day.

A Berwick man who was injured after a snowmobile crash on Valentine’s Day has died.

James Reagan, 59, died Saturday at Portsmouth Regional Hospital where he was being treated after he broke through thin ice on Feb. 14, according to Cpl. John MacDonald, spokesman for the Maine Warden Service.

Reagan was riding a 1998 Polaris CX 700 snowmobile with his 25-year-old nephew, Trevor Reagan, about 6 p.m. Feb. 14, when the snowmobile broke through thin ice on Salmon Falls River in Berwick, MacDonald said. The snowmobile sank to the bottom of the river.

Both men made it back onto the ice but fell through a second time as they neared the shore, MacDonald said. James Reagan became unresponsive when they reached the shore. He likely suffered a “medical event” and was taken to the Portsmouth hospital, MacDonald said.

Reagan’s death is the eighth fatality from a snowmobile crash this season.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection removed the snowmobile from the river, which serves as a public water supply, MacDonald said.


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