A Massachusetts woman was killed in a snowmobile crash Saturday evening south of Jackman, the Maine Warden Service said Sunday. It was Maine’s ninth snowmobile fatality this season.

Cpl. John MacDonald, a warden service spokesman, identified the victim as Karen L. Pillman, 45, of Wilmington, Massachusetts.

He said Maine game wardens responded to the crash in Parlin Pond Township shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday.

Pillman was leading a group of three snowmobilers who were crossing the Parlin Connector Trail on Parlin Pond, MacDonald said. The Parlin Connector Trail leads to the east side of the pond and then enters the woods.

Shortly after Pillman left the pond on her 2010 Polaris 800 snowmobile, she drifted to the left side of the groomed trail and collided with several trees, MacDonald said. Pillman was ejected from the snowmobile.

Life-saving measures were attempted by several people and again by Jackman Regional Ambulance personnel. Pillman was pronounced dead at the scene, MacDonald said.

Game wardens said speed was likely a factor and that Pillman was wearing a helmet. Her body was taken to Augusta to be examined by the state medical examiner’s office. The crash remains under investigation.

MacDonald said that several other snowmobile crashes – none of them life-threatening – happened in Maine over the weekend, in part because of deteriorating trail conditions. The melting snow pack has created ice and exposed rocks, stumps and other hazards on the trails. Brooks and streams have also washed out trails in some areas, he said.