Tree impales snowmobile, throwing rider

03/02/2014 — Leave a comment

James Atwood injured in Twin Mountain
Tree impales snowmobile, throwing rider

TWIN MOUNTAIN, N.H. — A specialized rescue sled pulled a Milford, N.H., man to safety Saturday evening, after a fallen treetop went right through his snowmobile.

James Atwood was riding on Trail 102 in Twin Mountain when he hit a treetop next to the trail, wildlife officials said. The wood impaled the machine and threw Atwood off the snowmobile.

His riding partners called for help, but it took a combination of snowmobiles and the sled to reach Atwood, who was more than 1 mile east of Route 3. Rescuers pulled Atwood to a trailhead in the Zealand area, where an ambulance crew picked him up and took him to Littleton Regional Hospital.

Atwood’s father said the 24-year-old was just banged up and was released from the hospital Saturday night.

Officials are still investigating the crash, but said speed likely played a part.

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