Sgt. Alex Lopashanski
October 11, 2021
Hart’s Location, NH – On Sunday, October 10, shortly after 3:00 p.m., New Hampshire Fish and Game was notified that a hiker was injured on the railroad tracks in Crawford Notch. The hiker was Allie Wityak, 33, of Cape Elizabeth, ME. Wityak was a little over a mile from the train station near the AMC Highland Center. She had sustained a serious ankle injury and was unable to walk.
Fortunately for her, the Conway Scenic Railroad train was about to depart on its return trip to North Conway and an experienced engineer was able to stop and pick her up while the train was descending through the notch. Along with a Conservation Officer, members of Bartlett Jackson Ambulance Service responded. Shortly after 4:00 p.m., the train dropped Wityak off at the Arethusa Falls trailhead where she was taken by ambulance to the Memorial Hospital in North Conway for treatment.
Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase a Hike Safe card at www.wildnh.com/safe. The card helps support Fish and Game search and rescue activities. For safe hiking tips and a list of essential gear, visit hikesafe.com.