RUMFORD – A Rumford man whom police say was thrown from his snowmobile Tuesday night and run over by his wife on another sled was flown to a Lewiston hospital.

John Robichaud, 42, suffered head and chest injuries, including a possible punctured lung, according to a Med-Care Ambulance crewman.

Robichaud, who was conscious and alert, sat astride his 2007 Yamaha about 30 feet from Route 2 when responders arrived shortly after 7:45 p.m. He was placed on a backboard, then carried up a snowbank to a waiting Med-Care ambulance, which took him to Rumford Hospital.

From there, a LifeFlight helicopter from Bangor picked him up at 8:25 p.m. and flew him to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

According to information gathered by Patrolman Tracey Higley for investigating Maine Warden Rick Mills, Robichaud was thrown from his sled after cresting a knoll. Robichaud’s wife, Dahlia Robichaud, who was following on another Yamaha snowmobile, crested the knoll and ran over her husband, Higley said. They were on the Route 17 North snowmobile trail, according to a Rumford Polar Bears trail-groom operator at the scene.

Dahlia Robichaud was not injured. Her sled sustained minor damage.


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