By Jack Minch
TOWNSEND -- A South Street resident remained in critical condition at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester Wednesday with injuries suffered during a snowmobile accident on Harbor Pond Saturday night.
The victim, Robert Hines, was apparently riding alone when he crashed near the shoreline, said Krista Selmi, a spokesman for state Environmental Police.
"It looks like he collided with branches from a fallen-down pine tree at the edge of the pond," Selmi said.
Environmental Police are investigating the cause of the accident with help from the Townsend police. There are few accidents on the pond, but there is an intricate network of trails alongside it, said Chief Erving M. Marshall Jr.
"So it's not unusual they might wander out there at some point," Marshall said.
Firefighters initially set up staging in the area of 25 South St. after getting the call for help about 6:42 p.m. They soon relocated to the area of Harbor Church, said Fire Capt. Michael Grimley.
"They were led out to the incident by the reporting party," he said.
The sun had set by the time firefighters reached the scene, so they had to work by flashlight, Grimley said
Firefighters used their new snowbulance -- a trailer that is pulled by a snowmobile -- to pull Hines from the accident scene to a waiting ambulance.
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