Snowmobile crash leads to fire, rider hospitalized after collision with tree

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STEWARTSTOWN — A snowmobile accident on Corridor Trail 21 resulted in a vehicle fire and serious injuries for a Connecticut man on Friday, officials said.

Ron Reiske, 73, of Brookfield, CT, was riding westbound around 3:45 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a downhill right turn, striking a tree and being thrown from his snowmobile.

The vehicle then caught fire with Reiske trapped underneath, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers and a NH Forest Ranger who were called to the scene.

Reiske’s companions managed to free him from the burning snowmobile, preventing any burn injuries.

They immediately contacted emergency services given the severity of Reiske’s injuries.

Responders from Colebrook Fire and Rescue Department, Beecher Falls Fire and Rescue Department, and 45th Parallel EMS quickly initiated a rescue operation.

Using the Colebrook Fire Department Argo, a tracked ATV, Reiske was transported to a waiting ambulance and taken to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital.

Due to the serious nature of his injuries, Reiske was later airlifted to University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington by DHART Helicopter.

Further details on his condition have not been released.

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