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North Country

Five Snowmobile Crashes Saturday

There were five snowmobile crashes in the North Country Saturday, including two on rental machines, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Three of the five accidents resulted in injuries and in two cases they were described as serious, according to Sergeant Mark Ober.

One happened about 11 a.m. near Whitefield. It involved Cydney Johnson, 42, of Alton who was on a guided tour. It is thought she accelerated by mistake, causing her snowmobile to hit a tree. She was taken by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Then, about 1:15, Karen Lane, 44, of Merrimack, lost control and hit a tree near Pittsburg. She suffered what were described as serious injuries.

In the late afternoon, William Page, 64, of Charlestown, rolled his machine near Berlin and hit a tree. He was taken to a nearby hospital but the extent of his injuries was not known.

Another crash occurred about 2 p.m. on Jefferson Notch Road in Thomson and Meserves, as Andrew Zola of Mansfield, Massachusetts, was riding a rental machine. He rode too close to the edge of the trail, encountered soft snow, and hit a tree.

In addition Marc Perreault, 62, of Milton missed a turn and wound up in Bishop Brook. He was treated for hypothermia, but refused other medical help.

Last week two women died in the North Country in snowmobile crashes.

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