Whitefield man crashes snowmobile into Stark brook
March 09. 2018 6:20PM
STARK — A Whitefield man suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries Friday morning after crashing a snowmobile into a brook near the Nash Stream in Stark, according to Fish and Game officials.
Nathan Smith was driving a borrowed snowmobile when he lost control while turning and crossing a bridge on Trail 5.
The machine and Smith left the right side of the trail, landing on an ice shelf and flowing water in a brook just below the bridge, officials said.
Members of Smith’s riding party came to his aid, called 911, helped him from the water and built a makeshift splint to stabilize a leg injury.
Other members of the group rode 12 miles south to the trailhead parking area on Emerson Road where they got dry clothes to bring back to Smith.
“The operator and some members of his riding party had recently undergone First Aid training, and they put their recently learned skills to use in a critical situation today,” said Fish and Game Conservation Officer Chris Egan.
Smith was brought to Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster for treatment of his injuries, officials said.
Egan said Smith's following too closely behind others in his party in snow and dusty conditions appears to have been the primary reason for the crash.
He was wearing a helmet, and alcohol impairment was not a factor, Egan said.