Inexperience appears to be the leading factor in a March 14 snowmobile cras

Inexperience appears to be the leading factor in a March 14 snowmobile crash in which the operator was hoisted out of a ravine with a winch. Pittsburg Fire and Rescue, 45th Parallel EMS, and a conservation officer responded to the 4:30 p.m. call, which happened on Corridor Trail 20. Maxwell Lennon, 21, of East Haddam, Conn., was eastbound when he was unable to navigate a downhill left-hand turn. He was thrown from his snowmobile down approximately 20 feet into a ravine. Lennon was placed onto a backboard and hoisted back up the ravine with the use of a Pittsburg Fire Department snowmobile winch. Placed on a rescue sled, Lennon was brought to an awaiting ambulance a short distance down the trail and transported to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital (UCVH) in Colebrook. The investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing, but according to rescue EMS personnel, inexperience appears to have been the leading factor.