New Hampshire Fish and Game officers say alcohol and off-trail riding were factors in two of three separate snowmobile crashes that injured three men in the North Country over the President’s Day holiday weekend.
Conservation Officer Glen Lucas says alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in a crash Saturday night in Lancaster that severely injured a 40-year-old Lancaster man. Lucas says Michael Vashaw was riding home on the Mount Prospect Trail when he went off a turn and fell off his machine. Lancaster Police and EMS responded with Lucas to the scene and Vashaw – with injuries described as severe but not life threatening – was first taken to Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster before being transferred to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.
A Boothbay Maine man was injured Sunday morning in Errol. Officers say Christopher Bertin was riding his snowmobile on an old logging road off Trail 129 N when he failed to slow down for a ditch and crashed into a snowbank. Erroll Rescue took him to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital. In his case, officers want to remind snowmobile riders that operating off designated trails without written permission from the landowner is illegal.
The third crash happened Sunday night in Jefferson. Officers say 54-year-old Brian Parks of Dalton was thrown off his snow machine about 6:45 p.m. after he caught a ski on a bush while trying to make a turn on the Corridor 5 trail near the Waumbeck Golf course.
Parks was found by his son and another rider and he was able to ride out to Route 2 in Jefferson, where he was met by conservation officers, Jefferson firefighters and Lancaster Ambulance. He was then taken to Weeks Medical Center.