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Snowmobile rider released after crash in Colebrook

COLEBROOK - A 50-year-old Columbia woman who was injured Saturday when she was thrown from the snowmobile she was riding in Millsfield has been released from Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook, a hospital spokesman said Sunday evening.

Lisa Placy-Brooks, of Columbia - the wife of Colebrook Fire Chief Brett Brooks - sustained head and back injuries after she was thrown 'up and away from her snowmobile' about 2 miles into the woods off Route 26 on the Signal Mountain Road snowmobile trail, a witness told New Hampshire Fish and Game investigators.

Placy-Brooks 'hit a depression between two treads while crossing a logging road bridge. … At the time of the accident, Mrs. Placy-Brooks was riding with two friends and her husband,' who 'was carrying his emergency radio with him at the time of the accident.' Mr. Brooks called for help by radio, which brought out Fish and Game officers and Errol Fire and Rescue, conservation officer Matthew Holmes said in a news release.

Placy-Brooks was given first aid at the scene, as a helicopter from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon was summoned. But the plan to fly Placy-Brooks to DHMC had to be aborted 'at the last minute,' according to Holmes, due to the arrival of an incoming storm.

Instead, Errol Ambulance personnel transported her to the Colebrook hospital where, the spokesman said, she was treated for her injuries before being released.

The accident continued the long series of snowmobile crashes and injuries to riders that have marked winter in the North Country this season, as low snowfall totals have left trail hazards exposed, and riders have also run into trouble while attempting to cross frozen or partially frozen waterways.


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