Sgt. Alex Lopashanski
February 1, 2021
Bartlett, NH – Over the weekend, Conservation Officers responded to two separate snowmobile crashes in Bartlett. On Saturday, January 30, shortly after 1:00 p.m., New Hampshire Fish and Game was notified that a snowmobile had crashed on the Stanley Brook Trail in Bartlett. The operator was Joseph Cochran, 57, of Chelsea, Massachusetts. Cochran was operating a borrowed snow machine. He made a hard turn and was thrown from the vehicle. Members of his party were able to transport him by snowmobile back to town, and he was treated by members of the Bartlett/Jackson Ambulance service for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Cochran was then relayed by ambulance to the Memorial Hospital in North Conway for additional care.
A second snow machine accident occurred shortly after 11:00 a.m. in the same area on Sunday, January 31. Conservation Officers were notified of a snowmobile accident on the Lower Haystack Trail in Bartlett. Dorothy Seitz, 60, of Colchester, CT, was operating a rented snow machine when she accelerated rapidly while negotiating a left-hand turn. Her machine left the trail and hit a tree. She suffered injuries to her head and both wrists. Personnel from Bartlett/Jackson Ambulance and the Bartlett Police Department responded to the scene. She was placed in a rescue sled and transported out to a waiting ambulance that took her to the Memorial Hospital in North Conway for additional care. No further details on either accident are available at this time.