SOLDIERTOWN TOWNSHIP, Maine - A complex snowmobile crash took place Friday on Interconnecting Trail Systems (ITS) 85 and 86 in T2R7 WELS, otherwise known as Soldiertown Township. At about 11 a.m., two snowmobiles operating in opposite directions collided nearly head-on when negotiating a turn on the ITS trail.
The initial crash involved two snowmobiles. A 15-year-old male from Lancaster, Massachusetts was operating north on a Polaris 550 IQ when he collided with Michael Byram, 46, from Herman, Maine. Byram was operating a Ski Doo Renegade 800. The 15-year-old sustained a broken arm and possible concussion. Byram sustained a broken collar bone and shoulder.
The fifteen-year-old had several other riders behind him in his party, two of which collided with trees while trying to avoid the initial crash. Those two riders were a father and son, Robert Buzak (49) and his fourteen-year-old son, both from Ayer, Massachusetts. Robert received minor injuries. His son sustained a broken shoulder and possible back injuries. Robert was operating a Ski Doo Renegade; his son was on a Ski Doo MXZ.
Two other riders who had avoided the crash drove to gain cell phone reception and call for help. Help responded from both Patten Ambulance and the Maine Warden Service. Due to the remote location, it took nearly an hour and a half for both Patten Ambulance members and game wardens to snowmobile 10 miles to the scene of the crash. Patten Ambulance used their rescue-boggan sled to transport the injured riders out of the woods. An awaiting ambulance then transported the injured to Millinocket Hospital. Michael Byram has been taken out separately by snowmobile as he had begun to exhibit signs of hypothermia.
All riders involved were wearing helmets. Speed appears to be a contributing factor in this crash. Game wardens don’t believe alcohol was involved. This incident remains under investigation.