FARMINGTON — A New Jersey man was killed Sunday morning in a snowmobile accident on a trail near Holley Road in Farmington, according to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Richard Keith Horton, 50, of Delran, N.J., was snowmobiling with two friends when his machine struck a tree on the edge of the trail, according to Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service.

Horton was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.

A previous report stating that a fatal snowmobile accident had occurred in Phillips was incorrect. The accident in Phillips resulted in non-life-threatening injuries, according to the warden service.

Wardens reported that neither speed nor alcohol appeared to have been a contributing factor in the Farmington accident. Operator inexperience and riding in unfamiliar territory were cited in the fatal crash, MacDonald said.

Horton was operating a borrowed snowmobile.


Game wardens, Farmington Fire & Rescue, Maine State Police troopers, as well as equipment provided by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation, launched around 11 a.m. Sunday.

The incident remains under investigation and will be reviewed by the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office.

MacDonald said the crash was Maine’s third fatal snowmobile accident this season. The first one happened in Byron on Jan. 31. The second was in Dixfield on Feb. 1 on a public way and was investigated by state police, according to MacDonald.

At 12:39 p.m. Sunday in Phillips, also in Franklin County, the warden service investigated a snowmobiling accident with reported injuries on Interconnecting Trail System 89 off Reeds Mill Road, MacDonald said.

A 23-year-old-man from Lunenburg, Mass., rolled his snowmobile, MacDonald said. The man’s name was not released.

He was reportedly unconscious when game wardens and rescue personnel arrived. Wardens reported the man had recovered with only a minor head injury. Alcohol was not a factor.


Wardens again reported operator inexperience as a contributing factor in the accident. Oncoming traffic also was a factor in the accident, MacDonald said.

No charges were filed.

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