Two New Hampshire Snowmobile Crashes Overnight

CONCORD, N.H. — Two late-night snowmobile crashes with serious
consequences in New Hampshire underscore the need for using caution
and understanding your limits when operating snow machines.

One incident occurred in Henniker, where Corey Slosek, age 20, a
Henniker resident, crashed into a tree on the northeastern
shoreline of Upper Pond. Friends he was staying with at a nearby
campground went looking for him after he did not return from a
short solo snowmobile ride. They found him at the crash site and
brought him back to the campground and called 911 at about 1:50
a.m. on Friday, January 16. Slosek was riding alone and had not
been wearing a helmet or eye protection. He was treated for head
trauma and hypothermia by Henniker and Hopkinton rescue personnel
and immediately transported to the Henniker Fire Department for
medical flight to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center aboard the
DHART helicopter. Slosek is currently being treated in the
Intensive Care Unit at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. New
Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers were
called to the scene to investigate the crash. Initial findings
indicate that speed may have been a factor. The incident remains
under investigation.

In a separate incident, William Brown, age 42, of Loudon,
crashed his snowmobile into a tree after crossing a field in
Barnstead, N.H., around midnight on Thursday, January 15,
sustaining serious injuries. He was riding with three friends, each
on their own machine, when the crash occurred. The friends called
911 and Barnstead Police and N.H. Fish and Game Conservation
Officers responded to the scene. Barnstead Fire and Rescue
transported Brown to Concord Hospital and he was later transferred
to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Brown was wearing a helmet
and eye protection at the time of the crash. Preliminary
investigations indicate that speed was one of the contributing
factors. The incident remains under investigation, pending vehicle
inspection.

“Winter conditions are affording the opportunity to snowmobile
throughout the state, but these incidents are stark reminders that
this activity can be dangerous if you don’t ride responsibly,” said
Major Tim Acerno, coordinator of Fish and Game’s Off-Highway
Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) Safety Program. “Be smart. Don’t ride
alone. Remember that visibility and speed will affect your ability
to control the machine. Always wear a helmet, and dress
appropriately for the weather, especially with the sub-zero
temperatures we’re experiencing right now.”

Check trail conditions before you head out at the N.H. Bureau of
Trails website at www.nhtrails.org. You can also call
the N.H. Snowmobile Association hotline for a trail report —
updated twice a week — at (603) 740-5050 or visit their website,
www.nhsa.com.

Free snowmobile safety classes are available around New
Hampshire; a list is available at www.Ride.NH.gov/OHRV/ohrv.htm.
These courses will only be offered for a few more weeks, so sign up
soon if you want to take one this season.

For more tips on safe snowmobile operation, visit www.Ride.NH.gov/OHRV/snowmobile_safety.html.

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