CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Two people driving snowmobiles for the first time landed in New Hampshire hospitals after crashing.

James Morgan, 17, of Plainfield, was thrown from a snowmobile Friday afternoon after hitting a bump in Randolph, Vt., at 35 or 40 mph, police said. He suffered possible rib, spinal and hand injuries, police said.

Morgan was flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where he was reported in stable condition.

On the other side of the state, two people were hurt in a snowmobile accident in Conway on New Year’s Day.

Lina Valov, 26, and Raymond Gearity, 25, both of Boston, were snowmobiling on a rented machine, when Valov lost control and crashed.

“It was the first time she had ever driven a snowmobile,” said Fish and Game Officer Brian Abrams. “She drove for about five miles, and, when she was making a left-hand turn, she lost control. The right ski dipped off the trail, and she tried to turn the machine back but she couldn’t and she went up a banking in the terrain.”

Abrams said both went over the handle bars. Valov broke her nose and suffered a face cut. Gearity wound up under the machine, cracking his helmet on a rock. They were treated and released.


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