Apr 2, 2017 11:20 AM

12-year-old boy faces serious injuries after snowmobile plunged into NH river

PITTSBURG — A 12-year-old Strafford boy suffered serious, but non-life-threatening, injuries when his snowmobile plunged off a bank next to a bridge crossing the Dead Diamond River.

Jack Whitcher traveled west on Corridor 143 with his father and two other companions when he failed to negotiate a slight right-hand turn and ended up driving off a bridge embankment Saturday afternoon, officials said.

The snowmobile went airborne and crashed into the opposing bank of the river. The impact threw Whitcher from the machine, and he landed in the water. His dad and another companion pulled him from the water and brought him to the trail.

Other snowmobilers happened upon the scene and gave them emergency supplies to keep Whitcher warm. Another snowmobiler volunteered to drive over eight miles to a store in town to place a call to 911.

Due to the remote location, they waited an extended amount of time for EMS personnel to respond, officials said.

Whitcher's father located a sled at a nearby camp, placed Whitcher on the sled and was in the process of extricating him when rescue personnel arrived.

EMS personnel took Whitcher to Upper-Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook for treatment of his injuries.

Authorities believe that traveling too fast for existing conditions was the primary contributing factor in this crash.

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