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January 24, 2007

Local Man Injured in Snowmobile Accident

CONCORD, N.H. -- David Scalley, age 41, of Twin Mountain, N.H., was injured in a snowmobile accident at about 6:15 on Tuesday night, January 23, 2007. Riding with four friends on the Old Cherry Mountain Road snowmobile trail in Twin Mountain, Scalley failed to navigate a turn and rode his sled into a tree.

According to Conservation Officer Mark Ober, Scalley's helmet was badly damaged. Two of his companions kept him company while the others rode to nearby Route 302 to seek help. Scalley was able to talk and move when emergency personnel from Twin Mountain Fire and Rescue responded to the scene around 7:30 p.m. He was taken out of the woods on a stretcher and cart pulled by a snow machine, and taken to Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster. On Wednesday, Scalley was transferred to Cottage Hospital in Woodsville and is being kept for observation.

An investigation into the accident is ongoing, but it appears that speed for existing icy trail conditions was a contributing factor. "Right now, throughout New Hampshire, trail conditions are inconsistent at best," C.O. Ober said. "Very few places have a good base of snow, and some trails are quite icy. The state speed limit on designated trails is 45 MPH, but riders need to use extra caution when the trails are sketchy -- or if they're not familiar with the trail, or if it's dark out."

Last Thursday morning, another snowmobiler sustained injuries in a similar accident. "It's a good reminder to everyone on the trail to go slow and stay in control," Ober said.

The New Hampshire Trails Bureau offers a trail conditions report and lots of other information for snowmobilers -- click here.

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