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March 16, 2009

Serious Snowmobile Accident Leaves Stark Man in Critical Condition

CONCORD, N.H. -- Stark, N.H., resident Floyd "Jay" Bennett Jr., age 34, was seriously injured Saturday night (March 14, 2009) after being thrown from his snowmobile during a crash in Stratford, N.H. 

Bennett was riding with friends in the Nash Stream area when the accident occurred about 9 p.m.  While attempting to negotiate a corner, he lost control of his snow machine, which resulted in a rollover.  Bennett was ejected from the snowmobile and thrown into the woods.  After seeing the accident, Bennett's riding partners rode to a phone and called for help.

Firefighters and ambulance personnel from Groveton and Stark, along with N.H. Fish and Game Department Conservation Officer Sergeant Wayne Saunders responded to the scene, which was along the Corridor 5 snowmobile trail, approximately one mile in from the end of Emerson Road. 

Working together, the rescue team extricated Bennett quickly and transported him immediately to Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster. Bennett was then airlifted by the D.H.A.R.T. helicopter to the Dartmouth/Hitchcock Medical Facility in Hanover.  He is currently being treated for serious injuries to his chest and torso.  Bennett was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The accident is still under investigation, although speed appears to be a factor.

N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers in Coos County have seen an upswing in the number of snowmobile accidents within the past week and are warning riders to be aware of a variety of hazards associated with springtime riding.  Reducing speed and leaving plenty of following distance are of particular importance, as conditions are changing rapidly as the days become warmer and longer.

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

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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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