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January 23. 2013 10:58PM

Shelburne snowmobiler, 29, dies after night in cold

A 29-year-old snowmobiler who crashed and spent a bitterly cold night on the Gorham Pipeline Trail has died of his injuries.

John Arsenault of Shelburne left for an evening ride on his snowmobile about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release issued by Fish and Game Conservation Officer Adam Cheney.

"It was determined that he went over a hill at a high rate of speed and crashed sometime during the night," the release said. "When he did not show up for work, friends went out looking for him and found Arsenault, injured and unconscious ... they called 911 for help at 10:45 a.m."

Arsenault was alive when emergency responders reached the scene Wednesday morning. He was taken to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin, where he died later in the day.

Speed and alcohol were contributing factors, according to the news release. Arsenault was wearing a helmet.

New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers, Gorham Police and Gorham Fire and Rescue personnel responded. The crash is under investigation by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.


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