A single-vehicle snowmobile crash on the Meadow Brook Trail off Bear Notch Road in New Hampshire’s White Mountains resulted in the operator being airlifted via helicopter. At about 1:20 p.m. on January 27, 2013, Laurie Humes, age 54, of Portsmouth, R.I., was operating a rented snowmobile and failed to negotiate a downhill turn in the trail. Humes collided with two medium-sized boulders and continued into the forest until her machine hit a tree. Her arm and leg were injured, though she remained alert and conscious. Her riding partner, Donald J. Lavoie Jr. of Marlborough, MA, alerted two U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers who were nearby on the trail, and they called for assistance.

The crash occurred about 10 miles from the trailhead. Bartlett Jackson Fire and Rescue Personnel responded by snowmobile to stabilize the patient. Humes was transported out to the trailhead on a tracked All Terrain Vehicle and rescue sled, arriving at 3:20 p.m. While en route to the trailhead, possible complications with the patient’s injuries necessitated the call for the DHART helicopter, which landed near the trailhead and transported her from the scene for treatment.

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