Conservation Officer Robert M. Mancini, Jr.
Conservation Officer Matthew Holmes
January 27, 2020
RANDOLPH, NH – At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, a male operator sustained non-life threatening injuries when the snow machine he had been operating veered off a trail and collided with a tree. As a result of the collision, the operator was ejected from the snow machine. The collision occurred on Corridor 11 in the town of Randolph. The operator was identified as John W. Kosiba, Jr., age 47, of Dunstable, Massachusetts.
A fellow snow machine operator contacted 911 and alerted emergency personnel immediately after the collision. Medical personnel from Lancaster Ambulance, Twin Mountain Fire and Rescue, Jefferson Fire Department, and Conservation Officer’s from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department all responded to the scene. Due to the location of the accident, the ambulance had to be staged several miles away from the scene of the collision. Conservation Officer’s transported Kosiba from the scene of the collision on the back of a snow machine and in a patrol vehicle to the awaiting ambulance, which was located at the junction of Ingerson Road and Pond of Safety Road. Kosiba was transported by Lancaster Ambulance to Weeks Memorial Hospital in Lancaster for further evaluation and treatment.
Based on information gathered at the scene of the collision and at the hospital, it appears that excessive speed for existing trail conditions was a major contributing factor in the accident. According to Kosiba, he was following another rider in his group and attempting to make a turn before losing control and colliding with the tree. Kosiba was wearing all required safety equipment and has many years of experience operating snow machines. Neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in the collision.
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