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Rescuers work to help Michael Grady of Orford, who was thrown into a stand of small trees when his snow machine went off the trail and down an embankment on Trail Corridor 5 in Stratford last Saturday. Grady was taken to Weeks Medical Center for serious but non-life threatening injuries. (COURTESY PHOTO)

COOS COUNTY — N.H. Fish and Game Dconservation officers as well as local rescue teams responded to seven snowmobile accidents around the county, some of them serious.

• In Gorham,at about 10 a.m. on Feb. 15 Damien Ashborne, 29, of Westhampton, N.J., and a 26-year-old female passenger went off the Lookout Ledge Trail about a half-mile west of Jimtown Road. Their snowmobile hit a tree and sustained heavy front-end damage, but both the operator and passenger made it through the crash uninjured and were immediately assisted by other members of their riding party. Inexperience and speed were listed as primary contributing factors in this crash.

• Three snowmobile accidents occurred in Pittsburg. At about 9 a.m. on Feb. 13, rescue crews responded to a 911 call reporting a snowmobile crash with serious injury on Trail 141 in the vicinity of Back Lake. It was determined that Brennen Seymour, 27, of Swanzey failed to negotiate a corner, causing his snowmobile to leave the trail where it struck a large tree. The impact ejected Seymour from the machine, causing him to strike another tree nearby. Seymour suffered serious injuries as a result of the collision and was ultimately transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Speed and inexperience appeared to be factors.

At about 2 p.m. that day, Myrna Bill, 74, of Hampton, received serious but non-life-threatening injuries after being ejected from a rented snowmobile at the intersection of Trail 139 and Golden Eagle Road. During a downhill approach to the road crossing, Bill lost control of the snowmobile and struck a snowbank causing her to be thrown from the machine onto the plowed public roadway. Inexperience appeared to be the primary factor.

At about 4 p.m., on Sunday, a conservation officer encountered the scene of a ssnowmobile crash on Trail 142 in the area of Spooner Hill in Pittsburg. The injured operator was Jessica Beaulieu, 46, of Canterbury. Beaulieu reportedly lost control of the snowmobile while negotiating a series of corners, resulting in a non-life-threatening injury.

• At about 3 p.m., Feb. 14, Gary Muise, 52, of Peabody, Mass. and Jared Bielunis, 37, of Hatfield, Mass sustained serious injuries when they collided on Trail 134 in Dixville.

• On the afternoon of Feb. 15, Michael Grady, 60, of Orford was operating a snowmobile on Trail Corridor 5 in Nash Stream State Forest when he failed to negotiate a left turn and went off the trail and into a drainage ditch. Grady sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries.

• On Feb. 15, at about 10 p.m., Fish and Game officers got a 911 call for a snowmobile crash near Bungy Road in Columbia. The patient was identified as Blake Gaboriault, 24, of Boscawen. Members of his riding party stated that when navigating a corner, Gaboriault lost control of his machine and crashed into a tree. After the crash occurred, he was able to get the snowmobile back on the trail and continue traveling south. But after an unknown amount of time and distance traveled, Gaboriault’s condition began to deteriorate. Gaboriault was transported to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital for treatment.

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