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      January 14, 2010

Massachusetts Man Injured in Bartlett, N.H., Snowmobile Crash

CONCORD, N.H. – Prakash Ligal, age 29, of Somerville, Mass., sustained a serious injury to his hand in a snowmobile crash that occurred about 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2010, in Bartlett, N.H.

Ligal was was an inexperienced rider on a guided snowmobile tour, riding third in a group of three rental snowmobiles, on side trails near Bear Notch Road in Bartlett.  A half-hour into the ride, Ligal’s snow machine left the trail, snapping off a small tree and coming to rest against a large maple tree, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officer Alex Lopashanski.  Ligal’s hand was seriously hurt in the incident.  He was wearing a helmet and gloves.  A passenger riding behind Ligal on the snowmobile was not injured.

Bartlett-Jackson Emergency Medical Services and Bartlett Police responded to the scene, and Ligal was transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

No further information is available at this time.

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