A Pennsylvania man became the state’s eighth snowmobiling fatality this season when his machine made contact with another snowmobile and veered off a trail in Aroostook County on Wednesday.

David Over, 25, of Sligo, Pennsylvania, was traveling south on ITS 105 in Mapleton with a group of nine other snowmobilers around 4 p.m. when he passed two snowmobiles in front of him. Over then rode side-by-side at a high rate of speed with another snowmobiler from the group and the sleds made contact, said Mark Latti, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

David Over of Pennsylvania died after a snowmobile crash in Aroostook County. Photo courtesy of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

The initial crash investigation suggests Over overcorrected, veered to the side, came off his sled and hit a tree, Latti said. Game wardens and EMTs performed CPR at the scene, then took Over by ambulance to AR Gould Hospital in Presque Isle. Over died at the hospital.

The crash remains under investigation by the Maine Warden Service.

The warden service says the state typically sees five to six snowmobile fatalities each season, with speeding, dangerous terrain and alcohol use leading to a majority of the deaths.

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