By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
HEBRON — Four people were injured in snowmobile accidents over the weekend amid difficult trail conditions.
"Riders are warned that most trails have only recently reopened, after warm weather left very little base under the snow, making trails rough, even with the fresh snow," the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said in a news release.
A 39-year-old Windham man was in good condition in Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital on Monday, two days after being injured when he lost control of his snowmobile and hit a tree in Hebron.
Christopher Wilcox appeared to be driving too fast for conditions when his machine broke through a berm and went off a trail during the accident, officers said.
Also Saturday, Melissa Kolodziej, 44, of Hudson, was thrown off her snowmobile after missing a turn in Plymouth. She had an injury that was described as not being life threatening. Officers said she was also traveling too fast for conditions.
In the third accident, a 29-year-old man crashed on ice on Umbagog Lake in Errol.
Keith Filteau of Berlin was returning to his family's camp after getting fuel when his snowmobile hit an embankment where a bob house had been. He was thrown from his machine. He also had what was described as a non life-threatening injury. Speed and unforeseen hazards on the lake were the chief causes of the accident, officers said.
He was alone at the time of the crash, but had a flashlight that he used to signal family members who were watching for his return and were able to get help.
Finally, a Massachusetts woman was injured when her snowmobile went off a trail as she tried to avoid oncoming traffic. Her snowmobile went down a steep embankment before hitting a tree in the town of Atkins and Gilmanton Academy Grant.
Erin Kotchian, 37, of East Falmouth, was taken to Central Maine Medical Center. Calls to inquire about her condition were not immediately returned on Monday.
"The crash is still under investigation, however it appears that oncoming traffic, unreasonable speed for existing conditions and inexperience could all be factors in the crash," said Fish and Game Conservation Officer Eric Fluette.
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