Officials investigating what led up to snowmobile crash that killed mother, unborn child


    The Maine Wardens Service said the crash happened along a trail in Greenwood. (WGME)

    GREENWOOD (WGME) -- A mother and her unborn child were killed in snowmobile crash in western Maine Saturday morning.

    The Maine Wardens Service said the crash happened around 11 a.m. along a trail in Greenwood, which is just outside Bethel.

    Wardens said Elizabeth Abelson was snowmobiling with her husband when she lost control of the snowmobile, was ejected and struck some nearby trees.

    The pregnant 30-year-old was killed as was her unborn child. The baby was due in March.

    She was wearing a helmet.

    CBS 13 spoke with a couple that lives near where the crash happened. The girlfriend said her father was one of the first on the scene and is still shaken up.

    Her boyfriend, Zach Louison, said the trails in the area are narrow and they are currently icy.

    Louison said his girlfriend is also pregnant, and after hearing about the tragic crash, it really hit home.

    “It’s definitely a wakeup call. We were thinking about going for an easy trail ride, but any doubts we had are certainly confirmed that it’s not a good idea. And it can be pretty dangerous out there,” Louison said. “Stay safe and have fun out there. It’s one of those things that should be fun. We should keep it that way.”

    The Maine Wardens Service said the crash is still under investigation.

    Greenstock Snow Sports, which maintains the trails in Greenwood, released the following statement about the crash:

    “We would like to extend our sympathy to all the family and friends affected by this recent tragedy. When the snowmobile community loses one of their members it really hits home for all of us.”
    “As a club, our #1 priority is safety, but there is only so much we can do. We could see hundreds of snowmobilers come through our area on any given week. It is a very popular sport in our area with locals as well as people from away. With numbers like this it only increases the odds for an accident to happen and we as riders are ultimately responsible for our own safety.”

    Greenstock Snow Sports is offering safety tips for riders:

    • Always ride with caution and under control at all times especially on trails you are unfamiliar with.
    • Always wear a helmet that is securely fastened
    • Do not ride with excessive speed or under the influence
    • Always ride on the right and stay on the marked trails.

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