Fatal snowmobile crash in Plainfield under investigation


Staff Writer
Published: 2/11/2021 1:23:42 PM

PLAINFIELD – Authorities say the snowmobile crash that claimed the life of a 56-year-old woman on Saturday night in the Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest remains under investigation though no foul play is suspected. 

The crash occurred more than a mile into the forest on North Central Street, which is a groomed snowmobile trail during the winter months and only accessible by tracked vehicles, according to the Plainfield Fire Chief Dave Alvord. 

The woman, who authorities declined to identify as of Thursday, was riding with a group of about six other snowmobilers when her machine struck a tree at around 6 p.m., according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s office. 

Plainfield Fire/EMS, Police and Highland Ambulance responded to the scene though it took first responders a lengthy amount of time to get to the crash with snowmobiles because there was no cell phone reception in the area, according to Alvord.  

Cummington firefighters provided mutual aid and use of a four-wheel-drive utility task vehicle to assist in transporting the woman out of the forest. The woman was taken by Highland Ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

Ashfield firefighters also were called for mutual aid to assist with a helicopter landing zone, which was canceled by paramedics at the scene. Massachusetts State Police and Environmental Police were called in to reconstruct the crash scene. 

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.

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