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February 6, 2009

Massachusetts Man Dies in Pittsburg, N.H., Snowmobile Crash

CONCORD, N.H. -- A snowmobile collision took the life of Alan Worrall, age 61, of Hudson, Massachusetts, on Thursday, February 5, 2009.  Worrall was riding from Vermont to New Hampshire on a connector trail between Hall Stream Road and Indian Stream Road in Pittsburg, N.H.  He was the first machine in a group of four snowmobilers.  At approximately 2:30 p.m., Worrall was traveling uphill and crested a hill at a high rate of speed, losing control on a corner and striking a tree stump.  Worrall and his snow machine went airborne and crashed into several trees, resulting in his fatal injuries.  He was pronounced dead at the scene by the State Medical Examiner. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is continuing to investigate the incident, but excessive speed appears to be the main cause.

This is the second fatal snow machine accident of the season in New Hampshire.  Earlier in January, a Unity man was killed on a trail in Westmoreland. 

"This tragic incident reminds us even seasoned snowmobilers should be aware of local conditions and their own limitations," said Colonel Martin Garabedian, Chief of Fish and Game Law Enforcement.  "It's a great year for snowmobiling in New Hampshire with the trails in the best shape they've been in for years. Enjoy it, but in a safe manner."  He added that Conservation Officers are out in full force this winter, monitoring trails and enforcing New Hampshire's snowmobile laws and regulations.

The N.H. Bureau of Trails website at www.nhtrails.org lists trail conditions.  You can also call the N.H. Snowmobile Association hotline for a trail report -- updated twice a week -- at (603) 740-5050 or visit their website at www.nhsa.com.

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For tips on safe snowmobile operation, visit www.Ride.NH.gov/OHRV/snowmobile_safety.html.

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