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March 21, 2007

Young Man Injured in Snowmobile Accident

CONCORD, N.H. -- Christopher Hitchcock, age 16, of Dover, N.H., was injured in a snowmobile accident at about 11:10 on Wednesday morning, March 21, 2007. A group of five, including a guide, was riding rented snowmobiles on Bear Notch Road in Bartlett. Hitchcock was second in line behind the guide, about 2 miles from the trailhead and going approximately 35 mph, when he lost control of his machine, left the trail and struck trees.

One of Hitchcock's companion's called 911 after the accident. N.H. Fish and Game and several teams of local rescue personnel responded quickly to the scene; the young man was out of the woods and at Conway Memorial Hospital within 90 minutes.

According to Conservation Officer Brian Abrams, Hitchcock suffered multiple injuries and is being flown to Maine Medical for further treatment. Hitchcock had reportedly only been snowmobiling a couple of times before. "The fact that he had a helmet on, and that it was buckled tight, probably saved his life," Abrams said.

Participating in the rescue effort were Bartlett-Jackson Rescue, Bartlett Fire Department, North Conway Ambulance Service, and North Conway Fire & Rescue.

C.O. Abrams reminded everyone on the trail to go slow and stay in control, to know their machine and ride within their abilities.

The New Hampshire Trails Bureau offers a trail conditions report and lots of other information for snowmobilers at: www.nhtrails.org.

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