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Pittsburg snowmobile crashes send 2 to hospital

Union Leader staff
January 21. 2018 8:46PM

PITTSBURG — A Maine woman was seriously injured in a snowmobile crash on First Connecticut Lake, then flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said.

Sarah Blais, 24, of North Berwick, Maine, was injured late Saturday afternoon when the snowmobile she was operating skidded sideways on the ice and flipped, Fish and Game said in a release.

An ice fisherman with medical training took Blais to a nearby store in Pittsburg and she was flown in a helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock, according to the release. Blais had been discharged by Sunday afternoon, the hospital said.

Chris Egan, a conservation officer with Fish and Game, said it was the third crash within the previous week on a frozen lake in northern Coos County.

“Riders should expect and anticipate highly-variable and constantly-changing conditions on the state’s trails and frozen lakes alike,” Egan said in the release.

The call for the First Connecticut Lake crash came in just as conservation officers and first responders loaded a Hollis man into an ambulance after a crash on a trail near Perry Stream, Fish and Game said.

Kenneth Johnson, 68, was thrown from a snowmobile around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the release. He was taken to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries, Fish and Game said.

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