Three Die in Snowmobile Crashes 

Three snowmobile accidents this weekend

have claimed three lives, according to authorities.

The Maine Warden Service reported that two men died in separate

snowmobile accidents in Shirley and in Brooksville.

State police reported a third snowmobile fatality in New Sweden.

According to state wardens, a 47-year-old Sabbatus man died when

he drifted off a trail and hit a birch tree in Shirley on Friday

night. The victim was identified as Michael Morrow.

In another incident, a 26-year-old Deer Isle man died and a

19-year-old Surry woman was injured early Saturday in a snowmobile

accident on Parker Pond in Brooksville.

The warden service said James Douglass and Natasha Robbins were

with several friends at a bonfire on the north side of the pond

when they decided to go for a short ride down the pond. As they

were returning to the bonfire, Douglass drove onto the shore and

struck a group of maple trees, authorities said.

Officials said Douglass was transported to Eastern Maine Medical

Center and died several hours after the crash. Robbins was

transported to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital.

Meanwhile, state police say a 55-year-old Caribou man is dead

after his snowmobile crashed into a car at the intersection of a

roadway and a snowmobile trail in northern Maine.

The victim in the Friday night accident in New Sweden was

identified as Larry Doody.

State police said Doody failed to stop at the road crossing and

hit the car at high speed.

The car driver and a passenger were not injured.