CO Christopher J. Egan
629B Main Street
Lancaster, NH 03584
February 13, 2020
Pittsburg, NH – At approximately 8:55 a.m. on Thursday, February 13, rescue crews responded to a 911 call reporting a snowmobile crash with serious injury on Trail 141 in the vicinity of Back Lake. Personnel from Pittsburg Fire-Rescue, 45th Parallel EMS, Pittsburg Police Department, and a Conservation Officer assisted at the scene of the collision. It was determined that Brennen Seymour, 27, of Swanzey, NH, failed to negotiate a corner, causing his snowmobile to leave the trail where it struck a large tree. The impact ejected Seymour from the machine, causing him to strike another tree nearby.
Seymour suffered serious injuries as a result of the collision and was transported from the scene by rescue sled approximately ½ mile to an awaiting 45th Parallel EMS Ambulance. He was relayed to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital (UCVH) in Colebrook and subsequently to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) for further evaluation and treatment. Investigation at the scene and the hospital indicated that speed and inexperience appeared to be factors. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the incident. Seymour was wearing a full-faced helmet and eye protection at the time of the crash. The involved snowmobile sustained moderate damage and was able to be limped from the scene to a public road to be picked up. A charge of operating at an unreasonable speed for existing conditions with collision resulting is pending.
At approximately 1:55 p.m., the same rescue and law enforcement personnel responded to a second snowmobile incident involving injury in Pittsburg. Myrna Bill, 74, of Hampton, NH, received serious but non-life-threatening injuries after being ejected from a rented snowmobile at the intersection of Trail 139 and Golden Eagle Road. During a downhill approach to the road crossing,
Bill lost control of the snowmobile and struck a snowbank, causing her to be thrown from the machine onto the plowed public roadway. She was transported from the scene to UCVH by 45th Parallel EMS Ambulance for further evaluation and treatment. Bill was wearing a full-faced helmet and eye protection at the time of the incident and operator inexperience appeared to be the primary factor. The rented snowmobile was not damaged and was driven from the scene by members of the riding party.