HOULTON — Two men were injured Wednesday night in separate snowmobile accidents that occurred just minutes apart at the same location.
Alcohol and speed were factors in both crashes, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
The first accident occurred at 10:46 p.m. in Township 17, Range 3, north of Stockholm, along an abandoned section of railroad bed known as Collins Siding that is used by snowmobilers.
Greg Violette, 23, of Caribou was traveling onto a portion of the trail that goes onto the railroad bed when his snowmobile slammed into a barricade that was across the right of way.
Violette was taken to Cary Medical Center in Caribou where he was treated for cuts and bruises, and then released.
Less than 15 minutes after the first accident, Jeffrey Norsworthy, 35, of Fort Fairfield crashed his snowmobile at the same place as Violette. The two men were not traveling together.
Norsworthy was taken to The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle where he was treated for a fractured vertebrae and then released. Both snowmobiles were reported to be extensively damaged.
The accidents are being investigated by Warden Fred Jackson.