C. CONWAY MEN TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER SNOWMOBILE INCIDENT

by Gair on March 20, 2013

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER SAYS TWO CENTER CONWAY MEN WERE TAKEN TO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY WEDNESDAY MORNING AFTER THEY WERE THROWN FROM THE SNOWMOBILE THEY WERE RIDING.

CONSERVATION OFFICER SGT. BRIAN ABRAMS SAYS 31-YEAR-OLD JOSH WIGGIN WAS DRIVING A 1991 SKI DOO SAFARI AND 21-YEAR-OLD JAMES GOULD WAS RIDING AS A PASSENGER WHEN THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SNOW MACHINE CAUGHT AN EXPOSED RAIL ON A BRIDGE RAILROAD TRACK THAT CROSSES THE SACO RIVER IN CENTER CONWAY.

ABRAMS SAYS THE TWO MEN WERE THROWN OVER THE MACHINE WHEN IT CAME TO AN IMMEDIATE STOP BEFORE IT CARTWHEELED. BOTH RIDERS – WHO WERE WEARING HELMETS AND EYE PROTECTION – SUFFERED NON LIFE THREATENING INJURIES, WIGGIN TO HIS LEFT SHOULDER AND LEFT KNEE AND GOULD TO HIS LEFT KNEE. IT’S ESTIMATED THE RIDERS WERE GOING ABOUT 25 TO 30 MILES PER HOUR AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT.

CONWAY POLICE AND FIRE RESCUE AND AMBULANCE CREWS FROM CENTER CONWAY AND CONWAY RESPONDED – ALONG WITH ABRAMS – SHORTLY AFTER 10:30 A.M. WIGGIN WAS EVACUATED BY SLED WHILE GOULD WAS TAKEN OUT ON A TRACKED ATV.

ABRAMS URGES SNOWMOBILE RIDERS TO USE CAUTION AND MINIMUM SPEED WHEN RIDING NEAR TRACKS BECAUSE THE RAILS ARE STILL PARTIALLY EXPOSED AND CAN BE HAZARDOUS, PARTICULARLY NEAR SWITCH AREAS.

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