DALLAS PLANTATION — A 61-year-old man is dead after a snowmobile accident Saturday evening. It marked the third snowmobiler death in Maine this weekend.
Odias Bachelder, 61, of Lang Township was killed at approximately 5:20 p.m. on Interconnecting Trail System 89 when his snowmobile left the trail and he was ejected, according to a release from Cpl. John MacDonald with the Maine Warden Service.
The warden service is emphasizing the need for snowmobile safety.
“As always, never drive beyond the capabilities of you or your machine and never drink and drive. Always tell someone where you plan to ride and when you will return. Ice conditions across Maine remain inconsistent and dangerous and the lack of snow has made for poor trail conditions for the majority of the State,” Game Warden Major Greg Sanborn said in the release.
The other two fatal crashes this weekend were in Hancock and Penobscot counties.
Matthew Divello, 49, of Mariaville, was recovered from Graham Lake in Mariaville on Saturday afternoon. His body was discovered by rescuers when one warden spotted a snowmobile helmet in the ice near Eagle Island.
Mark Roux, 56, of Lee, was killed Saturday while operating his snowmobile on Bill Green Pond in Lee around 11:45 p.m. He crashed into a heavily wooded section of the shoreline and was pronounced dead while en route to Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln.