STATEWIDE – Game wardens said two people were killed in separate snowmobile crashes Friday.
One happened south of Baxter State Park around noon, about 3 miles away from Abol Bridge.
Wardens say Alan Paquette, 55, of Ashburnham, Massachusetts crashed into several trees while going around a turn on ITS 86.
In a statement, Corporal John MacDonald of the Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said Paquette was wearing a helmet.
Authorities believe unfamiliarity with the area and speed were factors in the crash.
His body was taken to a funeral home in Millinocket.
Another accident Friday morning around 11:00 a.m. near Rangeley killed a 41-year-old Pennsylvania woman.
MacDonald said the woman and her passenger were riding on Bald Mountain Camps Trail when she crashed going around a turn, rolling the sled and hitting trees.
Operator inexperience appears to be a factor, according to game wardens.
The identity of the woman was being withheld while wardens work to notify family in Pennsylvania.
Authorities said these two accidents bring the total number of deadly snowmobile crashes in Maine to six for the riding season.
In the statement, MacDonald said “wardens urge snowmobilers to slow down and ask that riders always provide plenty of time to safely stop, negotiate changing terrain and other riders. Fines are imposed on riders found operating recklessly or endangering others on Maine’s trails. Failing to operate safely and prudently can also result in serious personal injury or even death as seen in today’s crashes.
“Please ride responsibly,” he added.