CANTON — A Dixfield man suffered multiple injuries Friday afternoon after being ejected from his snowmobile and run over by one driven by his son in a cornfield off Canton Point Road, Maine Warden Sgt. John MacDonald said in a news release.

Doug Kubesh, 48, was taken at 4 p.m. from a staging area by Med-Care Ambulance to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston where he is now hospitalized.

Med-Care Deputy Chief Chris Moretto said on scene while paramedics were tending Kubesh that he didn’t think the Dixfield sledder’s injuries were life threatening.

“He was in a lot of pain, but I don’t think anything is life-threatening,” Moretto said.

The accident happened before 2:45 p.m. on a section of Maine’s Interconnecting Trail System (ITS 89) in Canton.

Canton and Dixfield firefighters were sent to the scene with their rescue sleds, along with two Med-Care ambulances, a Maine game warden and Oxford County Deputy Sgt. Timothy Holland. Responders didn’t know how many were injured.


They set up a staging area at the trailhead intersection with Canton Point Road and the paramedics traveled to the crash site on snowmobiles brought by firefighters, to evaluate and tend to Kubesh in what’s known locally as Conant’s Field.

MacDonald said Kubesh was operating a Polaris 800 H.O. snowmobile followed by his 17-year-old son on a Polaris Switchback Pro R snowmobile. MacDonald didn’t release the teen’s name.

Kubesh and his son were traveling in an open cornfield when Kubesh struck a snowdrift and was ejected, MacDonald said.

“He was then run over by his son, who did not see his father ejected from his machine,” he said.

“Trail conditions, speed and visibility were contributing factors in this crash,” he said.

Moretto said crews put Kubesh into a rescue sled, which was towed behind a snowmobile up to the ambulance.

MacDonald credited snowmobile operators in the area with helping “to pack down a good trail to get the rescue sled in and out of the crash scene.”

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