Police Reports

Snowmobiler facedown in stream, no feeling in legs

On March 4 at 1:30 p.m.,Vermont game wardens responded to assist with a snowmobile accident on Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) Trail 102A in the Northeast Kingdom town of Lewis.

Game wardens were joined at the scene by Brighton Fire and Rescue and 45th Parallel Emergency Medical Services.  They were advised that the male snowmobiler who crashed did not have feeling in his legs and would need to be extricated.

Preliminary investigation suggests that 55-year-old John Maroney of Watertown, CT was found by his riding partner immobile and face down in a stream, complaining of neck pain. Maroney’s riding partner provided first aid and awaited the arrival of first responders with Maroney.

Witnesses at the scene advised that Maroney was travelling north on VAST Trail 102A when his snowmobile left the groomed portion of the trail and went into the stream ravine.   

Maroney sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries in the crash.  He was transported by 45th Parallel EMS to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook, NH for further evaluation and treatment. No others were injured in the incident.

Maroney was not operating at an appropriate speed to reasonably negotiate the winding trail.  The icy trail conditions were a contributing factor. The trail status was listed by VAST as “use caution” at the time of the incident.

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