Belmont man critical after crashing snowmobile, getting run over by another rider
BELMONT — A 34-year-old man has been hospitalized in critical condition after crashing his snowmobile into a metal gate and then being run over by a fellow rider, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.
The crash happened about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday on a trail known as corridor 304 off South Road.
Belmont police officers and firefighters used snowmobiles provided by other riders to reach the accident scene.
According to Fish and Game, Nate Proulx of Belmont was traveling down the trail when he missed a corner and ran into a metal gate. He was thrown from the snowmobile and a second snowmobile, operated by Jack McLaughlin, 34, of Laconia, ran over Proulx and then hit the other snowmobile.
Proulx suffered significant head injuries as well as many broken bones, according to a news release issued by the Belmont Fire Department.
Proulx was taken by an all terrain vehicle to a waiting ambulance. He sustains life-threatening injuries.
Proulx was first taken to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia and then was transferred to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, according to Fish and Game conservation officer Ronald B. Arsenault.
Fish and game investigators determined that speed and reduced visibility due to snow were major contributing factors in the incident.