Sangerville man dies in snowmobile crash

CORINNA, Maine - A Sangerville man died over the weekend as a result of a snowmobile crash in Corinna.

44 year old Jeffrey Wiley Jr. of Sangerville was travelling south along the rail-bed snowmobile trail when he struck a tree.

Wiley was nearing the end of a 300-mile ride when the incident occurred.

Police say he was the second of two sleds traveling together. When Wiley did not return, the second member of the party doubled back and found Wiley had crashed.

Maine Game Wardens attribute excessive speed to the incident.

Wardens were assisted by members of Corinna Fire, Dexter Police Department and Mayo Regional Ambulance.

This was the second fatal snowmobile crash of the season. Game Warden Lt. Dan Scott reminds riders to always ride under control and adjust your speed to trail and weather conditions.

“Due to the heavy rains and freezing temperatures we have been experiencing this season, many trails have an icy base, requiring longer stopping distances," said Scott. "Riders should be careful to not overdrive their headlights and be conscious of hazards and other riders on the trails.”