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Conservation Officer Matthew Holmes, Region One Office, Lancaster, NH:
603-788-4850 or 603-271-3361
January 27, 2012

Single Vehicle Accident Leaves  Snowmobiler with a Leg Injury

LANCASTER, N.H. -- On the afternoon of January 26, 2012, Roger Roy, 50, of Litchfield, NH, sustained a leg injury after his snowmobile tipped over on him. Roy described to NH Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers how he had hit a small bump in the trail, which caused his snowmobile to roll on its side, trapping his leg between the machine and the ground. The accident occurred on a trail just west of the Seven Islands Bridge, which is located next to Route 16 in the town of Errol.  At the time of the accident, Roy was riding in a group with eight other friends.  A member of the riding group was able to go to the Seven Islands Bridge, where he made a cell phone call to 911.

Members of Errol Fire and Rescue responded to the scene, as well as two Fish and Game Conservation Officers. The rescue crew from Errol was very expedient in extracting Roy from the scene. Roy was subsequently transported by Errol Ambulance to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin for further evaluation and treatment. A DHART (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team)helicopter also began a response to the scene, but was called off once first responders were able to evaluate Roy’s injuries and plan an extraction from the scene. 

Note: Per 45th Parallel EMS protocols, DHART is automatically notified of all snowmobile and ATV accidents, or logging and farming accidents that are received through their dispatch center. As a precautionary measure, a helicopter is launched (weather permitting) and begins a response to the scene.  The helicopter can then be called off if responders determine that it will not be needed for the rescue.

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Information on safe snowmobile operation can be found at www.wildnh.com/OHRV/snowmobile_safety.html.

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