STACYVILLE/BRIDGTON – The Maine Warden Service responded to two separate snowmobile crashes on Friday.
One of those crashes left a Massachusetts man in critical condition after he was thrown from his snowmobile in 73R7 WELS, near Staceyville in Penobscot County.
According to the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Keith Sanford, 47, of Benedicta and Duane Carter, 55, of Spencer, Massachusetts were riding with a group on ITS 83, a portion of Swift Brook Road. The two men failed to negotiate a curve, causing Carter to collide with the rear of Sanford’s snowmobile. That’s when Carter was thrown from his snowmobile.
The crash happened overnight Friday.
Both men were transported to Millinocket Hospital. Carter was then transferred to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
The above photo is of the scene of that crash, courtesy of the Maine Warden Service.
Another snowmobile crash occurred just before 4 p.m. Friday on Long Lake in Bridgton. Wardens said an Auburn woman was taken to the hospital after breaking her leg in that crash.
Karissa Baldinelli, 25, was injured after colliding with a pressure ridge. Bardinelli was ejected from her machine after striking the pressure ridge at approximately 60 miles per hour, according to a witness. Game wardens said her snowmobile traveled about 120 feet through the air before coming to rest.
The Maine Warden Service is reminding reiders to slow down, as they sad the leading contributing factor in snowmobile crashes continues to be speed.