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Sgt. Brian E. Abrams
Region Two Office, New Hampton, NH
603-744-5470 or 603-271-3361
March 20, 2013

Snowmobile Accident on Rail Trail in Conway Injures Two

Snowmobile crash in Conway
Rescuers arrive at the scene of a snowmobile accident in Conway. Photo by Sgt. Brian Abrams. Media: For hi-resolution image, click on photo above.

CONWAY, N.H. -- On Wednesday, March 20, 2013, two Center Conway men were injured in a snowmobile crash at the railroad trestle that spans the Saco River in Conway, a section of the rail line that is part of the snowmobile trail system. Conservation Officer Sgt. Brian Abrams, Conway Police Officers and Firefighters, and two ambulance squads evacuated the two injured snowmobilers.

Joshua Wiggin, 31 years of age, of Center Conway was operating a 1991 Skidoo Safari easterly on the rail trail at approximately 30 mph when the accident occurred. James Gould, age 21, of Center Conway was a passenger on the snowmobile.  The ski of the snowmobile struck an exposed rail and caused Wiggin to lose control of the snowmobile.  The operator and passenger were both thrown from the snowmobile and injured during the accident. 

Rescuers used snowmobiles and a tracked ATV to transport the injured riders to the waiting ambulances.  Wiggin and Gould were transported to Conway Memorial Hospital, where they were treated and released.

The recent new snowfall has provided some excellent spring riding conditions for snowmobilers.  The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department reminds riders to exercise caution when riding, especially when operating along railroad tracks, because partially exposed tracks can be dangerous.

No further information is available at this time.

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