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Mar 3, 2016 9:11 AM

Snowmobile throttle jams, rider injured as he goes off trail to avoid hitting others

PITTSBURG - A Canaan man was seriously injured after his snowmobile throttle jammed and he steered off the trail to avoid hitting other riders.

Conservation officers with the Fish and Game Department say Mitchell Davis, 27, sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries and was temporarily knocked unconscious by the crash on Wednesday afternoon. A passerby drove to a phone and called 911.

Davis was taken to the Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook. Further investigation revealed that Davis had hit a frozen object on the edge of the trail, causing his hand to punch the throttle, which then became stuck.

Davis told officers he'd tried to hit the kill switch as he was accelerating toward other riders in front of him, then tried to steer the machine into a small space between the trees to avoid hitting anyone. He ended up almost 100 feet off the trail having sheered several trees off their stumps before coming to rest.

The ride was the first he'd taken since he'd rebuilt the motor and he was only two miles from the rental unit where he was staying when the accident occurred, conservation officers learned.

They say alcohol was not a factor and that the helmet Davis was wearing likely saved his life.

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