A Hampden man was killed in a snowmobile crash near Hermon Pond in Hermon Saturday night.

The Maine Warden Service said speed and alcohol were factors in the crash which remains under investigation.

The warden service said Austin Gardiner, 41, was operating a snowmobile at about 9:15 p.m. near the shoreline of Hermon Pond when the vehicle crashed into several trees. Gardiner was pronounced dead at the scene.

The warden service said Gardiner was riding with a 15-year-old boy who was following him on a separate snowmobile. Further information about the crash was not immediately available. The crash is under investigation.

This was Maine’s sixth snowmobile fatality this winter.

Beth Quimby can be reached at 791-6363 or at: [email protected]

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