February 02. 2014 9:22PM

Deadly toll on New Hampshire's snowmobile trails this season

Staff Report

For the second time in five days, a snowmobile accident has taken the life of a New Hampshire resident in the North Country.

A Berlin woman died Saturday night after her snowmobile hit a tree as she rode with her husband across Success Pond in Success township.

Lucie Gagnon, 58, was riding across the pond with her husband when her machine hit an embankment and crashed into a tree. The couple was returning to their camp in Success from a day in Maine.

State Fish and Game officers said the woman's husband and a nurse who was staying at a camp near the scene of the crash attempted to revive the woman, but she had sustained severe trauma and died at the scene.

Gagnon had been snowmobiling for some 30 years and was wearing a helmet. Fish and Game officers said speed appeared to be a contributing factor in the accident. An investigation is continuing.

On Tuesday, a snowmobiling accident took the life of a Hudson woman in Pittsburg. Pauline Robinson, 47, of Hudson was killed when her snowmobile hit a tree.

Robinson and her husband had been riding from Pittsburg Village toward Indian Stream when Pauline Robinson lost control of her machine on an icy patch. She died at Central Maine Medical Center after being airlifted for treatment.

The two deaths this week were the first of the season involving snowmobiles on the state's 7,700 miles of snowmobile trails.

Two other serious snowmobile crashes were reported in Pittsburg earlier this season. A Florida man was hurt on Jan. 12 and a Massachusetts woman was injured in a crash on Stewart Young Road in Pittsburg on Dec. 28.

Last month, an 11-year-old girl was seriously injured when she lost control of her mini-snowmobile in Acworth,

In the 2012-13 winter season, at least four deaths were reported involving snowmobiles in the state.

A Manchester man, Keith Ryan, died in a crash near Lake Massabesic last December. His 9-year-old son was injured. Ryan was credited with saving his son's life by throwing him to safety after the machine's throttle became stuck and the snowmobile hit a rock.

Ryan's death was one of two over President's Day weekend last year. A 63-year-old Errol man died in a crash in Pittsburg.

In January of last year, a 29-year-old Shelburne man died after a snowmobile accident on the Gorham Pipeline trail. The man was found the next day after a bitterly cold night in the woods, but later died at Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin.

Toward the end of the 2012-13 season, a Connecticut man died March 16 in an accident on 13-Mile Trail in Errol.