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March 5, 2009

Mass. Man Dies from Injuries Sustained in Sunday Snowmobile Accident

CONCORD, N.H. - Christopher E. Haynes, age 36, of Byfield, Mass., died at 7:30 this morning (Thursday, March 5, 2009) at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., as a result of injuries sustained in a snowmobile accident in Freedom, N.H., on Sunday, March 1, 2009.

The accident occurred at approximately 3 p.m. on Sunday.  Haynes had been riding alone on Berry Bay on Lake Ossipee in Freedom, N.H.  As he approached the shoreline, Haynes' snowmobile hit a snow embankment and he was thrown from the machine, sustaining serious head injuries.  He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. 

Haynes was transported from the scene by ambulance to Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, then airlifted by DHART (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team) helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on Sunday evening.

Emergency personnel responding to the scene included West Ossippee, Freedom and Conway fire departments; Freedom Rescue Service; Med-Star Ambulance; Conway Ambulance; and Madison and Freedom police officers, followed by New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers.

This is the third fatal snow machine accident of the season in New Hampshire.

"This tragic incident is a reminder that riders need to use caution, especially in unfamiliar areas. Hazards can come up quickly, whether you're on a trail or a lake," said Major Tim Acerno, coordinator of Fish and Game's Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle Safety Program.  "We strongly urge all snowmobilers not to ride alone.  Always wear a helmet and dress appropriately for the weather."

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For tips on safe snowmobile operation, visit www.wildlife.state.nh.us/OHRV/snowmobile_safety.html.

Check on trail conditions at the N.H. Bureau of Trails website www.nhtrails.org.  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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