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Jan 28, 2015 10:17 AM

Officers: Odd circumstances and bad luck cause snowmobile crash


DALTON - Conservation officers said odd circumstances and bad luck caused a snowmobile crash.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers were called to investigate a snowmobile crash in the town of Dalton Tuesday afternoon.

At about 4 p.m., Peter Packard, 60, of Whitefield was getting ready to go on a short snowmobile ride with a friend in Dalton. In order to leave the yard and ride toward the trail, the two needed to go up and over a plowed snow bank. Officials said Mr. Packard was the first one to do this.

Upon cresting the snow bank and heading down the other side, Mr. Packard's snowmobile came to a sudden stop in a pocket of deep new powder. Mr. Packard was thrown from his machine, striking the ground beside his machine. Mr. Packard immediately felt pain in an arm and shoulder and alerted his friend that something was wrong.

A call for help was made through 911. Dalton Fire and EMS responded to the scene, providing first aid and transporting Mr. Packard to the Littleton Regional Hospital. Mr. Packard was admitted to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Conservation Officers were able to investigate this crash at the scene and interview Mr. Packard at the hospital. Mr. Packard was an experienced rider and there was no alcohol involvement in this crash. In laymen's terms, this crash was attributed to odd circumstances and bad luck.


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