Police & Fire

Man taken to hospital with ‘significant’ injuries after being thrown from snowmobile

FORT KENT, Maine — A Thorndike man visiting the area on a family snowmobile vacation was taken to the hospital after he was thrown from the machine on Tuesday morning in Fort Kent. 

 

Officer Cole Pelletier of the Fort Kent Police Department responded to the call just after 10:30 a.m. at the parking lot of Rock’s Diner. 

Roland Reid, 72, started his 2013 Arctic Cat snowmobile to set off on a ride, when the machine’s throttle malfunctioned. The snowmobile shot across the parking lot at a high rate of speed and struck a snowbank next to an apartment building adjacent to the diner. 

After the snowmobile hit the snowbank, it then launched into the air and traveled 40 feet or so before it crashed into the apartment building. Reid was thrown from the snowmobile. 

Ambulance Service Inc. took Reid to Northern Maine Medical Center. Reid suffered significant injuries, Fort Kent Police Chief Chief Tom Pelletier said. 

The snowmobile had extensive damage, he said. 

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