C.O. Christopher J. Egan
January 13, 2020
STEWARTSTOWN, NH – At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 10, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers responded to a snowmobile rollover crash on Trail 128 in Stewartstown, NH. Initial reports indicated that the operator of the snowmobile was unconscious and had possibly suffered a stroke. Further investigation revealed that William Stewart, 51, of Paso Robles, CA, had failed to negotiate a downhill corner in the trail and drifted off the right edge of the trail causing the snowmobile to roll over into a deep drainage ditch. During initial assessment of Stewart’s injuries, signs indicative of a serious medical condition were observed in addition to injuries sustained in the crash. Stewart was transported from the scene by Beecher Falls (VT) Fire Department rescue sled and 45th Parallel EMS ambulance. Stewart was transported to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook for evaluation and treatment, and subsequently transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. It is unknown at this time whether a medical condition played a role in the crash and the incident remains under investigation. Speed does not appear to have been a factor. Stewart was wearing a helmet, eye protection. and proper riding gear at the time of the incident.