HIRAM – Sacopee Valley High School mourned the recent death of two teenagers in a snowmobiling accident, as a third boy remained in the hospital in critical condition.

“It is very difficult,” Principal Joe Findlay said Wednesday by phone. “It’s a very tight-knit community and the kids know each other very well, and the staff knows the kids very well.”

With a team of 10 counselors on hand to help students, the school coped with the deaths of 14-year-old Mike Cramm, who was a freshman, and 19-year-old Seth Day, a former student. The two boys were killed after their snowmobiles collided on Barker Pond Monday night.

A spokeswoman from Maine Medical Center said that Shane Day, Seth’s 17-year-old brother, is still in critical condition. He was hospitalized with face and head injuries, a broken leg and internal injuries, according to the Maine Warden Service.

Findlay said he knew Cramm well, and that the boy liked outdoor activities, especially hunting and fishing. “He was a wonderful young man,” Findlay said.

Day graduated before Findlay started the job, but the principal said he took welding classes in high school and was working as a metal worker in Fryeburg.

The Maine Warden Service is investigating the accident. Mark Latti of the Warden Service said yesterday that the snowmobilers crashed head-on at high rates of speed.

“The wardens are still collecting information to put together what happened,” Latti said Wednesday.


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