Belmont man in critical condition after snowmobile accident

Published: 2/17/2017 12:23:20 AM

A Belmont man is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a snowmobile incident.

New Hampshire Fish and Game and Belmont fire officials said Thursday that they received a report of the incident at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Belmont police and fire departments were provided snowmobiles by other riders and accessed the trail off of South Road. There they found a bleeding, unconscious man.

Authorities said Nate Proulx, 34, of Belmont, was riding down the trail when he missed a corner and hit a metal gate. Proulx was thrown from his snowmobile, and a second snowmobile operated by Jake McLaughlin, 34, of Laconia ran over Proulx.

Proulx sustained broken bones and significant head trauma, and he was transported by an Argo rescue vehicle to an ambulance before going to Lakes Region General Hospital, according to reports. Proulx was later taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where he was in critical condition, officials said.

Fish and Game investigated the incident. They concluded that speed and reduced visibility due to snow were major contributors to the accident.

Both men were wearing helmets at the time.

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