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Bow man injured in one of several weekend snowmobile crashes

  • New Hampshire Fish and Game responded to multiple snowmobile crashes Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, including one that injured a Bow resident. —Courtesy

  • New Hampshire Fish and Game responded to multiple snowmobile crashes Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, including one that injured a Bow resident. —Courtesy



Monitor staff
Monday, January 29, 2018

A Bow man who drove a snowmobile for the first time Friday was seriously injured in an accident in Pittsburg, part of a string of crashes that occurred over the weekend.

Norton Compton, 63, was following a friend on Trail 142 in Pittsburg when he encountered a sharp left turn in the trail and lost control of the snowmobile, causing him to travel into untracked snow, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game. Compton attempted to correct his steering and return to the trail, but he ended up losing control of the snowmobile, which rolled over, Fish and Game said.

Compton’s riding partner went back and found him and called 911.

First responders met the pair and used the friend’s snowmobile to transport Compton out of the woods and to a helicopter landing zone. Compton was flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon for medical treatment, officials said.

Authorities are still investigating the crash but said inexperience was a primary factor.

Other crashes were reported in Millsfield, Randolph and Berlin.