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Two hurt in Montague snowmobile accident

MONTAGUE — An impact with a cement pillar in the Montague Plains sent two snowmobilers to the hospital on Saturday night.

Turners Falls Fire Capt. John Zellman said the two men were taken by ambulance to Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield after the snowmobile they were riding struck a cement pillar blocking trail access from Plains Road. Zellamn said the two may have been moved on to another hospital due to the severity of their injuries.

Zellman said one of the riders reported the accident by cell phone at 9:14 p.m. and firefighters had no difficulty reaching the scene, directly off Plains Road.

The spokeswoman for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs did not return messages seeking comment Sunday, and the identities or conditions of the victims could not be confirmed.

The Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area is a 1,339-acre state wildlife refuge operated by the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

The state Environmental Police have jurisdiction and are investigating, according to the Montague Police Department.

The Environmental Police, like other state agencies, direct all press enquiries to a centralized public relations office.

It's a shame that these people were hurt in this accident. But if they were adhering to the rules and not trespassing it would never had happened. Mass state law states that in order to snowmobile legally you must be part of a legal club or have hand written permission to ride on the land from the property owner. Fisheries and wildlife donot give out permission for this so technically they are trespassing. State law also states no riding before there is 4" of hard pack snow on the ground . The only reason for this message is so people can get educated to hopefully prevent another accident like this one .

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